The Coming Viral Dictatorship

A pivotal feature of dictatorial regimes is the institutional lie, expressed as an unfounded message of millennial hope, an ever-changing set of legislated policies, and the tendency of authoritarian leaders to violate their own axioms and edicts. We see this happening before our eyes as a Covid-19 tyranny takes root on our own soil.

The manifold inconsistencies and deceptions that circulate regarding the draconian mandates and coercive measures imposed by Big Government to combat the Covid pandemic should by now have alerted the public to their suspicious nature. We have observed the extent to which these ordinances are regularly flouted by the authorities, who have been seen without their masks, disregarding social distancing rules, and travelling during lockdowns. Such exemptions are obviously a privilege reserved only to the elites, who do not scruple to lecture us on the current proprieties.

One popular slogan that we meet everywhere, on radio and TV, on the Internet, and emblazoned on ubiquitous signage, is particularly irritating: “We’re All In This Together.” Clearly, we are not. While small business owners and entrepreneurs struggle with bankruptcy as their establishments are closed down, Big Box stores operate at full capacity, teachers retain handsome salaries while refusing to enter their classrooms, government personnel continue to be paid in absentia, and politicians suffer no loss of ample remuneration.

This means you.

Weddings, church services, funerals, social gatherings, holiday celebrations and anti-lockdown protests are either curtailed or banned to prevent proximity transmission of the virus; BLM demonstrations involving thousands of people cheek-by-jowl agitating for “social justice” are permitted and encouraged. Doctors are here to serve their patients; now many have embraced telemedicine, which does not impact their fees as it does their effectiveness. Diagnosis at a distance is not reliable medicine, though it is lucrative medicine. The overall hypocrisy that confronts us at every level of political, corporate and professional society is so blatant as to be unbelievable—except it is entirely believable. We are manifestly not in this all together, not by a long shot.

Another sedative to which we are constantly exposed is the official platitude that the mandates under which we malinger are intended “to protect public health and safety.” The collateral effects of this faux campaign have, in fact, endangered public health and safety. The category of “excess deaths” owing to delayed medical procedures for cancer, Alzheimer's, heart ailments and diabetes, among other conditions, including critical stress, depressive suicides, and adverse reactions and deaths linked to the Covid vaccines now arguably surpass Covid morbidity numbers—which themselves appear to have been grossly inflated. Indeed, in a crowning irony, the virus may itself be “boosted” by iatrogenic interventions. One need only consult virologist and immunologist Robert Malone, the actual inventor of the mRNA vaccines, who warns against them as Covid-19 suppressants. 

We were assured that vaccine passports were the route to “public health and safety” and that life would soon be back to normal. Now triple vaxxing, masks and renewed lockdowns have become mandatory in many jurisdictions and nations. The temptation to blame and penalize the unvaccinated for any upsurge of “cases” is spreading and may easily translate into second-class status for the unvaccinated and a policy of forced internment. 

But who are the “unvaccinated”?  Israel’s Director of the Ziv Medical Center Dr. Salman Zarka admits that the definition is changing: “We are updating what it means to be vaccinated.” In the absence of a third jab (and counting), even the double-vaxxed fall into the category of “unvaccinated.” As Kit Knightly writes in off-guardian, “Israel is the petri dish”; if it works there, the rest of the world will follow suit. Of course, in another sense of the phrase, it doesn’t really “work there.” A multi-sourced chart published in the Financial Times, comparing over-vaxxed Israel to under-vaxxed Egypt, provides a sobering metric. Egypt is doing at least an order of magnitude better than Israel. Equally distressing, on August 22 West Virginia governor Jim Justice reported a 26 percent surge among the fully vaccinated and a 25 percent increase in vaccinated deaths. This surely is not a one-off.

Where do you think you're going?

It should be obvious by this time that we are dealing with a vast shell game. In an open letter to the Canadian Minister of Health, McGill University theology professor Douglas Farrow argues, correctly, that vaccine mandates are incoherent. That is surely the right word. Masks were supposed to keep us safe. They didn’t do very well, so the first jab was introduced, which should have offered immunity. Then came a second jab, followed by a third and counting. Then came the vaccine passports. Meanwhile, as noted, double-and-triple-jabbed Israelis are still fighting infection and transmission and have now even been refused entry to Portugal and to open, prosperous Sweden.

It is no surprise, at least among the concerned, that distrust is growing of our health authorities, the political class and the collusive “misleadia,” assiduously promoting a medical dogma that is plainly muddled, deceptive and hypocritical. It is also, to put it bluntly, totalitarian.

The next step is the construction of quarantine or internment camps, as currently planned in Australia. Similarly, in the U.S. the CDC has proposed a “shielding approach” that would establish “a group of shelters such as schools, community buildings within a camp/sector…where high-risk individuals (the unvaccinated) are physically isolated together.” As if this weren’t plain enough, the proposal states that “High-risk individuals would be temporarily relocated to safe or ‘green zones’ established at the household, neighborhood, camp/sector or community level… They would have minimal contact with family members and other low-risk residents.” 

Meanwhile, the National Guard is in process of hiring “internment resettlement specialists” to supervise detention operations and “provide guidance to individual prisoners.” It is not clear from the explanatory description what this program precisely entails, but it doesn’t augur well. On August 6, 2021, governor Bill Lee of Tennessee signed an executive order authorizing involuntary internment of targeted citizens, under the convenient designation of “regulatory flexibilities.”

Not to be outdone, the Department of Homeland Security claims that those resisting the vaccines pose a “potential terror threat.” If you oppose the vaccines, you are an “extremist.” The document is very clear: “These extremists may seek to exploit the emergence of COVID-19 variants by viewing the potential re-establishment of public health restrictions across the United States as a rationale to conduct attacks.” Bill HR 4980 currently before Congress would place unvaccinated persons on a No-Fly list and lead inexorably to a No-Buy gun control law. A No-Buy gun list would prevent people from arming themselves. As they say, you have been warned.

Welcome to Australia.

My own country of Canada marches in lockstep with the heavily mandated nations of Israel, the U.K. and, of course, Australia and parts of the U.S. According to NaturalNews, the Canadian government has ordered enough vaccines to inoculate every man, woman and child many times over for the next three years, having stockpiled 293 million doses for a population of 38 million. The report continues: Just months ago, the Covid-19 vaccines were hailed as a ‘miracle of science’ that were putting an ‘end to the pandemic’… But now the narrative has changed” and we can expect more censorship, travel restriction, contact tracing, deprivation of human rights, dodgy testing, and mask and vaccine mandates. The fear is that even supermarkets may eventually be placed off limits for the unvaccinated, forcing one to rely on doorstep deliveries. 

As we’ve seen, this despotic program is being implemented in the name of “protecting public health and safety.” It appears, rather, as if it is being put in practice to create a system of “vaccine enslavement” and authoritarian control. Our Prime Minister, after all, is on record as admiring the “basic dictatorship” of Communist China.

What next? One shudders to think. Where next? Who's next?

The Parallels Between 9/11 and COVID-19

It isn’t obvious at first, but if you look at the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and COVID-19, there are stark parallels that go to the heart of what America is, and what it isn’t.

The insidious and horrific strategic and tactical brilliance of the 9/11 plot is that it relied on three deficiencies engrained in American sociology, and one critical holistic approach.

The first deficiency was that airport security was exceedingly lax.  The Israelis already understood that weapons were only one part of a threat profile, and that anything could be used as a weapon.  What Israeli airport security looked for was people who were a threat.

In 2001, U.S. airline security was handled by private companies that used minimum wage workers with minimal viable threat-detection training.  America was woefully unprepared for the possibility of box cutters, much less terrorists themselves.  We had no profiling system in place.

Have a nice flight, Mr. Atta.

The second deficiency was that the terrorists knew that cockpit doors could be easily breached, but more importantly, that by harming female passengers or flight attendants, the male pilots would instinctively leap to their defense – exposing themselves to harm and loss of the cockpit.

The third deficiency was that Americans would do as they were told, and remain in their seats.  Thank God the passengers of United 93 rose to the occasion, sacrificing themselves to save countless other lives.

The fourth deficiency was more holistic.  America would never see this coming.  We wouldn’t expect it from either a strategic or a tactical standpoint.  The reason the entire plot was successful was because the terrorists understood their enemy so well that they designed the attacks by using our weaknesses against us.  Whether the terrorists knew that our military aircraft were not generally armed and couldn’t shoot down a plane is unknown, but regardless, we weren’t ready for that scenario, either.

Simply put: America was not only unprepared for this scenario, it was underprepared.

Why?  Because America, particularly government at every level, lacked vision.  The problem with government is that the bureaucracy discourages innovation, forward-thinking, imagination, and therefor, preparation.

The changes in American society to adapt to this new reality were generally accepted as necessary, if unwelcome.   America has learned to live with a government-run airport security agency that functionally isn’t much better than the lax private firms.  Technology has sufficiently improved that obvious weapon threats can be detected, yet political correctness has undermined any possible passenger profiling.  A protocol exists for when pilots can exit a cockpit.  Military aircraft are armed.

Threats on board aircraft are met with swift passenger response.  That isn’t government at work, that’s normal Americans protecting each other when a clear and present danger asserts itself.

Which brings us to COVID-19.  The clearest parallel is that, once again, America was caught utterly unprepared for the scenario.  The same situation from 2001 remains: government lacked vision, imagination, and preparation.

Apparently, none of the millions of government workers in any branch of government, or at any state or local level, or at any agency such as, say, the Centers for Disease Control saw the same movies about deadly viruses that we did.

Despite the anthrax attacks, which began just a week after 9/11, government failed to have any protocols whatsoever in place.   Think about this.  The primary job of government is to defend the nation, and despite knowledge that a bioterror attack could and likely would one day happen, our government was caught utterly and irredeemably flat-footed.

The worst irony of all is that, while it appears that China was involved with intentional weaponization of the virus, it is unlikely that the release itself was intentional.  China has far too much reliance on the global economy, and the dispersal vectors would have been carefully planned and executed.

The release was accidental and yet we still weren’t prepared.   Worse, government at every level has botched the response, except in Republican-led states.

The attacks of 9/11 showed America that our unaddressed vulnerabilities could be exploited and result in disaster.  Twenty years later, we haven’t learned that lesson.  The even more terrible irony is that our unaddressed vulnerabilities are being exploited by our own people and in service of tyranny.

It’s been apparent since early on that the virus is primarily a threat to the elderly and those who are already in bad shape, with 94 percent of those dying being over age 65 and with an average of three comorbidities.  Yet politicians rushed to shut everything down, kept things shut down, and created even greater short-term and long-term damage by adhering to this misguided policy.

Docile Americans have been all too quick to stay in their seats, keep their masks on, take experimental vaccines, shut down their businesses, keep kids home from school, and do what they are told.   The only difference is that terrorists aren’t flying us into buildings.  No, that job is being handled by the federal government, malicious governors, and myopic county and city officials.

Think about United 93.  Those heroes didn’t stay in their seats.  They rose up and put a stop to things, and nobody told them to just do as they were told.  At least the other United passengers weren’t a hindrance.   Today, half of America not only act as hindrances to those who demand to protect their own liberties, but actively fight to suppress those acts.

Just as the TSA hasn’t made us any safer, the government response to Covid hasn’t made us safer, either.  The only people put on no-fly lists are so-called agitators who refuse to comply with the absurd demand by a federal agency to wear a mask on an airplane, despite the fact that airplanes are proven not to be a spread vector.

Welcome to the friendly skies.

Instead of an airport security approach of profiling those most likely to be terrorists as possible threats, the TSA has a history of harassing old ladies and children.

Meanwhile, government and willing corporate stooges are profiling average Americans and subjecting them to tyranny by forcing them to adhere to vaccine and mask mandates.

On 9/11, we saw heroes emerge from every corner of America.  We saw them on United 93.  We saw them in the firefighters and first responders of New York City.  We saw them in average citizens helping each other out.

Today, we see few heroes.  There are doctors who will prescribe forbidden treatments.  There are those who quit their jobs.  There are those speaking out on social media. But there are no heroes like those on United 93.  The terrorists from within America have won.

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Covid?

It seems odd that the more research and information we have on Covid-19 and its treatments, the worse the story gets.

For the first time in history, the reaction to a virus is to shut down an entire polity and economy – workers, businesses, groceries, transportation, entertainment – regardless of infection. It seems that the more advanced a society is, the more primitive its responses to disease. Why?

Still-living generations of men and women who stood-up to tyrants in WW2 suddenly cower in their closets, allowing government to destroy the world they had sacrificed so much to save.

Their children, the infamous Baby Boomers, ‘Cry “OMG!” and loose the dogs of quarantine.’

THEIR children, raised with more freedom and prosperity than any generation in the history of the known universe, wet their beds and fink on their neighbors if Johnny is out without a mask.

The countries with the highest levels of vaccination now are experiencing the highest levels of infection. Governments are talking about three jabs, four jabs, annual jabs – forever. Countries that are not participating in the orgy of self-destruction that is consuming most of the West, on the other hand, seem to be doing far better. (Newsflash-1: Almost everyone who gets it – gets over it. Newsflash-2: We’re ALL going to get it.)

The government statistics on lethality are here. Basically, if you are under 80 years of age and are not morbidly obese, this is not going to kill you.

Every study looking at the issue has arrived at the conclusion that natural immunity is both stronger and more long-lasting than artificial immunity that comes from the muzzle of a syringe. Natural immunity is achieved by having one’s body infected and the infection successfully fought-off.

Infection: Antibodies: Immunity.

Get it: Get over it: Immunity.

But … the media and government tell you: We can’t get over it! We’ll all DIE!

For reasons both unknown and uninvestigated both our government and its media scribes are working together to suppress information about, and prohibit usage of, proven treatments; the “get over it” part of the problem.

Get it: Get over it: Immunity…. does not seem to be a goal of the ruling class…

In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis has been pushing monoclonal antibodies as treatment, with tthese results:

(The government is restricting the distribution of monoclonal antibodies.)

As many have noted, ivermectin, a Nobel-prize-winning antiviral and a drug on the WHO list of critical drugs, kills 99.98 percent of the viral load in 48 hours (and here). HCQ has similar results.

(The government and BigPharma are restricting the distribution of ivermectin and HCQ.)

A new Nitric Oxide nasal spray (NONS) seems to kill the virus in several days.

(If I were a betting man, my money would be on government prohibiting distribution, usage & dissemination of information on NONS once it's proven useful.)

All of these are drugs and treatments long in use, which kill the virus in the infected. Infection: antibodies: immunity.

Many people – about half the country – are enthralled by mRNA vaccines. At the same time, the CDC is looking at a “higher than expected” rate of myocarditis among recipients of mRNA vaccines. The five-year mortality of those diagnosed with myocarditis is 72.4 percent. Three quarters of those so diagnosed will likely die within five years.

The face-mask monster, sighted in Berlin.

This peer-reviewed report on Myocarditis is astounding and should be read in its entirety, but a few quotes are in order here. [references in the linked paper]:

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds increased reported cases of myocarditis and pericarditis following mRNA COVID-19 vaccination, most notably in adolescents and young adults, including in the absence of COVID-19 infection. Myocarditis was only rarely found post-vaccination prior to the COVID mRNA vaccines.

However, it has recently been determined that the delivery of spike proteins and / or their generating mechanisms, as with all known injected substances, do indeed diffuse and travel in an organism, away from the site of injection, in accordance with well-established principles of circulation, throughout the body, including to internal organs.  Organs that have been affected by this body-wide distribution have included the heart, brain, spleen and liver, with especially high concentrations found in the ovaries and the plasma.…

It has been observed also that mRNA interventions are fragile and unpredictable in their effect, and have been seen to damage mitochondria by a number of known mechanisms. Of patients hospitalized for COVID-19, myocarditis-pattern injury was observed in 4.5% to 27% of cases. Moreover, in the event of SARS-CoV-2 infection, it was found that the associated cytotoxic and pro-apoptotic effects were sufficient to abolish cardiomyocyte beating (contraction-relaxation cycles). However, direct virus replication was not found on examination of the myocardium, and SARS-CoV-2 RNA was not found in the cardiomyocytes.  Therefore, it is worthwhile to examine if post-vaccine myocarditis is likely to be caused by spike proteins generated by the vaccines.

The spike proteins that are generated by the mRNA COVID vaccines are said to be identical to those attached to SARS-CoV-2. The spike protein in SARS-CoV-2 is a trimeric, or three-part protein, composed of two functional S1 subunits, as well as a structural S2 subunit.  Each of those three units are, incidentally, bound and inactivated by the drug ivermectin.

In sum, the mRNA vaccines – unexpectedly – create spike proteins throughout the body – for how long no one knows.  These spike proteins kill heart cells that do not regenerate. Kill enough and you will die: 72% mortality within five years. (Unanswered question: What do these circulating spike proteins do in fetal hearts only building their cells for the first time?) And FDA-approved drug treatments that stop the above lethal processes are prohibited by the government and Big Pharma.

By forcing non-vaccinating (they don't prevent infection or spread) mRNA "vaccines," probably forever, when we know, at best, they reduce symptoms but do not create herd immunity (and here), and that may cause myocarditis, when we do have drugs and treatments that kill the virus in the infected - who then will develop long-term (and herd) immunity, we are being forced to prolong the virus and prohibited from ending its threat.

Why?  Why? Why?

 

Winner Takes All, Beijing-Style

Much has been made of the estimated one-trillion-dollars worth of lithium reserves hiding in the soil of Afghanistan since the chaotic withdrawal of American troops from Kabul cast doubt on America’s future ability to exercise power in and around Afghanistan. That ability is not zero. The U.S. has the power to withhold large sums of aid on which the Taliban is relying for the reconstruction of a devastated country. But it’s greatly inferior to the power and influence currently exercised by China which is cosying up to all of its neighbors in Central Asia in an attempt to gain something like a monopoly of lithium.

It’s a scene reminiscent of pre-war thrillers in which hostile powers vie for the control of materials essential for war, usually oil, and their agents scheme to steal the maps and contracts that will ensure their victory. (See Eric Ambler, Graham Greene, and more recently, Alan Furst passim.) But it’s very far from fiction.

China herself has substantial reserves of lithium. That’s a “special earth” that goes into the manufacture of electric vehicles, AI machines, and iPhones. As an Al Jazeera report pointed out,

Now all three are at the cutting edge of a modern economy driven by advancements in high-tech chips and large-capacity batteries that are made with a range of minerals, including rare earths. And Afghanistan is sitting on deposits estimated to be worth $1 trillion or more, including what may be the world’s largest lithium reserves — if anyone can get them out of the ground.

And not just lithium. Among the other rare minerals increasingly needed to power a modern economy and to achieve climate change policies such as Net-Zero, China also has large reserves of tungsten, iron, lead, copper, mercury, and more.

Looking to 2050.

If China succeeds in its current wooing of not only the Taliban but also Pakistan, Iran, Russia, and other countries in Central Asia, the Middle East, and further afield, it will come close to gaining a strategic monopoly of the minerals needed for economic growth, technological superiority, and military power. The West ignored that threat until recently when the Chinese Communist Party’s deceptive and even sinister suppression of news of the Covid virus until it had spread worldwide belatedly alarmed policy-makers. If China is an enemy or becoming one, its hoovering up of strategic minerals would constitute a major national security threat. Unless . . .

There was one optimistic interpretation of China’s rush to monopolize strategic minerals, however: it suggested that the new superpower might be serious about eventually combatting climate change. Its previous promises to do so were looking as threadbare as its explanations of the origins of Covid. But might China’s grab for a virtual lithium-etc. monopoly mean that it was preparing for an eventual switch from fossil fuels to “renewables” which would require a reliable supply and build-up of stocks of the raw materials for the switch?

So has does that optimistic view look when placed alongside other decisions taken by Beijing? My attention was caught by a paragraph in the important book, This Sovereign Isle: Britain In and Out of Europe, by the distinguished Cambridge historian, Robert Tombs, in which he briefly notes the “alarming rampage” that China embarked on in June 2020: economic sanctions against Australia when its government proposed to investigate subversion and corruption in its own political system; China’s suppression of liberty in Hong Kong (that incidentally broke an international treaty with the U.K.); the invasion over the Ladakh frontier by the Chinese army that attacked and murdered twenty Indian troops; renewed tensions with Japan and other maritime states over Chinese claims on strategic islands in the Pacific; threats against Taiwan (naturally); and then, more interestingly:

[I]n quick succession in July and August the Chinese government concluded long-term oil and gas contracts with Iran(for $400 billion—effectively a monopsony for twenty-five years), Saudi Arabia (it is said in exchange for nuclear technologies that the US would not provide), and Abu Dhabi, securing long-term supplies at bargain prices at the expense of Europe and Japan.

The return of the Silk Road.

At the expense of the U.S. too since the country won’t be able to access the reserves China has locked up when the slow strangulation of America’s fracking revolution and pipeline capacity by Biden’s regulatory policy means that the supply of American natural gas peters out. No one in Washington or Brussels seems to have joined up all the dots. Professor Tombs now does so:

[T]his pre-emption of vast oil supplies, combined with massive use of coal for electricity generation, suggests how far Beijing’s vaunted backing of Green technology is a weapon against a gullible West.

In other words the Chinese government is locking up energy reserves of all kinds, the means of transporting energy of all kinds (think Belt and Road), and the supplies of lithium and other raw materials needed for ‘clean’ energy and ‘renewables’ to work. America’s defeat in Afghanistan just made China’s task both easier and more vital.

And what are the U.S. and the West locking up? Not America’s high-technology weaponry abandoned in Kabul but promises of eventually joining the West in its Net-Zero crusade—promises that China has broken several times already.

From Dundee to Dan Andrews, the Fall of Oz

When we think of a country, we often conjure up a view of the character of its people. For example, Americans are individualistic and brash, the Japanese are collectivist and polite. It’s all nonsense. Each country’s population contains people with a range of temperaments and personalities.

Nonetheless, I consulted an organisation which claims to compare and scale cross-national cultural characteristics. I noticed that individualism was put at 91 for America yet only 46 for Japan. Preconception ticked. Australians, scoring 90 by the way, have built a reputation for being of a larrikin disposition; individualistic, disregarding of conventions. Probably started from our convict past, burnished through stories, true or false, of an irreverent attitude of soldiers to their officers in the two world wars. Crocodile Dundee brought the same attitude to the silver screen.

Let me say that when I first came to Australia from England, numbers of decades ago, there was a refreshing egalitarianism in society; akin, I think, to larrikinism. That was then. It has most definitely faded. Australia itself has changed profoundly. We are now much more multiethnic and multicultural. Whether this good or bad is incidental. It has changed the character of the nation.

Does that change in character of the nation account for the ludicrous response of government and health authorities in Australia to a virus which has killed so very few people compared with overall deaths from other causes?

Specifically, does it account for state border closures; banning citizens (à la North Korea) from leaving the country; preventing citizens from returning; keeping a child from its parents across a state border for weeks on end, preventing a daughter from visiting her dying father, handcuffing and arresting a pregnant woman in her own home for advising the time and location of a public protest; burly policemen wrestling women to the ground; using pepper sprays and rubber bullets on protestors in Melbourne; imposing curfews; putting troops on the streets; locking people in airless hotel rooms; and, beyond parody, Dan Andrews (the Victorian premier) ordering people not to demask while drinking their cocktails outside?

The answer to these questions is that the changing character of the nation might have played a small part. I don’t believe it played a large part at all. It’s complicated.

But to get mythology out of the way. It is clear that the (mostly) passive acceptance of the egregious overreaction to Covid on the part of the authorities has shown that the Australian population is not a race of larrikins bucking authority. Like any rule which fails the test, that particular romantic idealisation of national character is well and truly debunked. It cannot be resurrected. But was it ever true? I don’t think it was. Nor do I think Australia stands out in failing the test.

Individuals are powerless against the apparatus of the state. Where we see push back, trade unions are often instrumental. This is happening with opposition to requiring vaccine passports for employees in Australia as it is, for example, in the United States.

The twin keys to distinguishing one country from another in responding to Covid are leadership and circumstances. The liberal response of Sweden compared with the Denmark and Norway is purely down to leadership. Sweden by chance, I imagine, had an enlightened public health official and a prime minister willing to go along. No other country has been nearly so lucky.

Australia has been particularly unlucky. You might say that the population has the politicians it deserves. OK, but so do the Brits (Johnson), Americans (Biden), Canadians (Trudeau), French (Macron), Germans (Merkel). True, we have a mediocre bunch of like-minded state premiers (two of them Andrews and the Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk seemingly with undiagnosed personality disorders), and the prime minister is not much better; but that’s surely par for the international course. In the best of all possible worlds, they would have only done as badly as their overseas peers. That they are doing worse is down to circumstances, which have led Australian state premiers into a trap of their own making.

The trap was first set by Australia being an island continent. This gave the alluring, if delusional prospect, of keeping Covid out. Eradication or elimination became the goal, not merely flattening the curve. Backing this delusional prospect, Covid struck and the border closed before tens of thousands of Chinese students were due to return from China to Australian universities.

Only in the past week or so have the premiers of NSW (Gladys Berejiklian) and Victoria reluctantly conceded that Covid is here to stay. Mark McGowan, the premier of Western Australia, with zero new cases, still thinks he can keep Covid out of his state; and has his state border closed down. He's madder than Dan probably, but what can be done?

If elimination is the goal, lockdowns are imposed whenever cases get away from contact tracers and that doesn’t amount to many cases when the strain of Covid is highly infectious. When you have locked down for a hundred cases, it’s difficult to justify opening up when cases increase to two hundred. The trap springs shut.

And it's not as though the federal government can override the states. Australia is a federation. States have responsibility for public health and the ability to frustrate the federal government.

Each state premier did his or her polling. People liked the idea of being kept safe. Normally there might have been political or media opposition to impart perspective and lead people into having a less cowed more stoical response. Not so with Covid. And there is no financial burden to speak of on state governments locking down their states. State governments don’t levy their own income taxes or sales taxes. Their revenue primarily comes from the feds.

When states lock down the federal government funds people and businesses affected. Could the federal government do otherwise? Theoretically. But not with federal elections every three years it couldn’t.

The fanaticism of state governments in trying to eliminate Covid bled over to law enforcement. As we know police have enormous powers. And, as a fact of life, there are some within police forces prone to misusing them. Effectively, licence was given to such misuse by the stance and demeanour of state premiers. The woeful 1984-type encouragement of citizens to dob in one another for breaking Covid rules – having friends over, travelling too far, being unmasked (fine $500 in NSW) – is a particularly pernicious by-product. Part of the disintegration of civil society when put to the test.

My conclusion: Covid has revealed the nasty underbelly of the western world’s so-called system of limited government. Only limited in good times. Nowhere has this been greater exposed than in Oz.

A Timely Warning

Andrew Pollard, one of the developers of the AstraZeneca vaccine, recently addressed a U.K. parliamentary group with a timely warning. What the virus will throw up next, he said, “is a variant which is perhaps even better at transmitting in vaccinated populations [and which is] even more of a reason not to be making a vaccine program around herd immunity.” Further, “[w]e need to get used to the concept that this will become what we call an endemic disease rather than a pandemic disease. A disease that is with us all the time—probably transmits seasonally a bit like influenza where we see winter outbreaks.”

In the technical terminology of Dr. Geert Vanden Bossche, “the ongoing universal mass vaccination program will soon promote dominant propagation of highly infectious, neutralization escape mutants,” which will “no longer offer any protection to immunized individuals whereas high infectious pressure will continue to suppress the innate immune defense system of the nonvaccinated.” In other words, in an ironic reversal of popular thinking, the unvaccinated are at risk of vaccinated transmission. A study in Nature offers tentative support for his prognosis. Bossche has been much maligned by his detractors as a “doomsday prophet” but his basic research, though predictably contested, appears plausible.

This is a hard pill to swallow for the current crop of diehard vaccinologists, who will labor to obscure the issue with meretricious stats. The political echelon and the medical establishment are engaged in an act of truth-formation, that is, a kind of credible dissimulation, forming a story, as Albert Norton Jr. observes in another context, by “selectively assembling and spinning facts and inferences to support it,” thus diluting our “intuition of significance.” 

To take one example, as Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi, former chair of Medical Microbiology at the University of Mainz, writes, deaths due to other factors than SARS-CoV-2 were regularly recorded as owing to Coronavirus—“The numbers may have been grossly exaggerated.” Covid fatality numbers were routinely inflated by the inclusion of unrelated morbidities. The CDC, for another example, will begin to count anyone who was hospitalized or died within two weeks of getting the jab as “unvaccinated.”

No less troubling, many governments have embarked on a scorched earth policy, vowing to keep restrictions in place until the virus is totally eliminated. But as Pollard points out, the push to reach “Covid zero” is a fool’s errand, for the virus, according to many such competent professionals, is like the seasonal flu and the common cold and will be with us in perpetuity. Dr. Peter McCullough, among the world’s most widely published medical scholars, stated before the Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee that the disease cannot be defeated, but with the proper approach and treatment it can be managed. Over-the-counter supplements, including Vitamin D3, Vitamin C, Quercetin, Zinc and aspirin and, as the Great Barrington Declaration recommends, “focused protection” for the elderly, are far more sensible alternatives than the present foolhardy therapeutic agenda of masks, lockdowns, injectable products and discriminatory passports.

Sweden gets it right. As Kevin Downey Jr. remarks, “One would think the world would take notice, and tips, from a country with no lockdowns, a healthy economy, and comparatively few deaths… While people worldwide are rioting against despotic Covid lockdowns and mandates, Swedes are enjoying cocktails after returning home from work, just like they have been since the beginning of the pandemic.” History professor and blogger Tom Woods shows that “this year Sweden, even during the Delta phase of all this, where mitigation measures have been light at best and schools have been open without masks or distancing, excess mortality has actually been lower than normal.” Woods includes a comparative graph contrasting Sweden to the U.S.:

And as of September 10, Denmark will be lifting all Covid restrictions, including vaccine passports. 

Our political leaders and health officials are not paying attention. They are determined to implement policies that have little chance of success and whose primary effect will be to exacerbate an already dire situation—the vulnerability of the already vaccinated, the trauma of viral transmission, the constant irruption of ever new variants, and the creation of two classes or “varnas” of citizens resembling India’s Brahmins and Shudras. In at least partial confirmation of such debilities, Public Health England provides much pertinent information on the issue.

If, in their blind pursuit of an elusive solution, the powers that be do not consider a course correction even at the eleventh hour, a social, medical and attendant economic disaster now well into its second year will persist into the indefinite future, and life as this generation knew it will likely never return to what we once called “normal.”

Diary of an Acclimatised Beauty: Treating

I really can’t believe the bad luck of the last two hours but no matter the blame, it’s landed me in the A&E. Of course here in New York it’s called the ER, but it’s essentially the same thing -- the worst people, most of them in no real state of emergency, who’ve brought their entire family to sit with them while they wail about the real tragedy—the wait times. And obviously there are real emergencies, but those folks are whisked away while the rest of us cast furtive glances on those whose level of crisis may supplant our own place in the queue.

And it was a furtive glance that delivered me to hospital in the first place. Forgive me as I am indeed cross but lately the world seems filled with first-time parents who should no more be in charge of a small child than China in charge of our planet. Having arrived at the lobby level I stepped out of an elevator (OUT before IN as the rule goes) only to be thrust into a floral arrangement from the force of an urchin child no taller than my knee; and whose defeated parents were several paces behind. Before I’d even realised what happened, my eye was stinging and I realised I’d grazed it, or sliced it, or done something that now required someone with more than a makeup mirror to determine just what.

The doctor will see you now.

‘Oh sorry’, the hapless mother said, not really meaning it but hoping I’d find her cherub half as adorable as she clearly did. It was no use telling her what I really thought as the holy terror had undoubtedly been indulged and was likely to be fed large spoonfuls of ice cream while I sat in the most unflattering light, awaiting my fate at the Columbia University Medical Center. I’d grabbed a coffee, and a bottle of water, and a protein bar on my way in owing to incessant media reports of ‘capacity’ at emergency rooms around the country. Capacity and cases seemed to have replaced deaths in the ongoing Covid pandemic screed and I was grateful to find a charging station for my mobile as I readied myself for the long wait ahead. Seconds later I heard someone barking my name and when I looked up, I was led to a treatment area.

I looked down a row of empty chairs as a too-tight cuff told my blood pressure and three staffers in scrubs checked their phones while another scrawled on a clipboard. Two more came to talk to me and I was led down another corridor and into a large room with beds separated by curtains. I wasn’t about to start complaining about the short wait but what about the much-hyped capacity? The NHS had nothing on Columbia Med as I googled average wait times in London —‘our goal of four hours’.

While I waited for the specialist I asked the attending physician if all the beds were full? And where were all those' cases'? And bodies piling up? And what of the mad triage we had been hearing so much about? There are times when a British accent and freshly-washed hair will get you nearly anything from a young and eager chap, and I don’t mind admitting today was one of those times.

In twenty minutes he explained to me that American hospitals are actually paid 20 percent more for a coronavirus diagnosis and therefore ‘you can rest assured they are telling people to 'put it on the DRG' which he explained is some code for getting the highest reimbursement from the government. The reimbursement didn’t make that much sense to me as I well understood the U.S. was not all on one shared government programme but he further explained that since Covid, there were nearly no private hospitals anymore; and that everyone had become dependent on the government dollar. He also explained it was the same for anyone getting a Covid test, and although I’d already interacted with a dozen or so hospital employees—they would indeed test me for Covid before I left.

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Having understood the push to get as much government dollar as possible didn’t explain the ruse of cases, and claims of overcrowding, and understaffing… or did everyone just die before I got here? I asked. He leaned in so as not to be over heard and said: 

‘Wall Street could take a tip from hospitals when it comes to managing costs—everything we do is based on some measured care matrix to ensure maximum profit— who we treat, who we keep overnight, who we can over-bill, what we diagnose. Believe me—you don’t want to know. And if I have the stomach for it I may end up the head of a malpractice committee.’

I just stared at him, wondering if the specialist on his way would be equally cavalier about the human being sitting in front of him. ‘I probably won’t, he added, but hospitals hire the cheapest docs to staff the ER, those of us just starting out, and that’s the long and short of it.’

This made me quite unhappy as I rang Daddy in London. ‘Hello Jennifer.’ Daddy answered.

‘Hi Daddy, don’t panic, I’m at the A&E, and I’m fine, just sliced my eye on a plant and well… it’s very upsetting to learn that the hospital cares very little for me, and only for their bottom line.’

You'll be right as rain, plus 20 percent.

‘How is your eye?’

‘It’s fine, I promise, but I’m really not happy about a conversation I just had about the business model of a hospital, and I thought I was getting better care in the U.S., than from the National Health.’

‘You probably are.’ Daddy said, ‘But it is a business, and not a very successful one either. Most hospitals are losing money, so there’s an incentive to lie about the diagnosis. Even a positive coronavirus test while treating your eye injury will mean they can bill for 20 percent more so if you want to do them a favour why don’t you tell them you have symptoms of flu.’

‘I’m serious, Daddy.’

‘As am I, and as such, you need to accept that they are doing what they will to maximise profits. They don’t work for you… they work for their interests. Of course, they can’t be entirely irresponsible or that would hurt their bottom line as well.’

‘So the constant drumbeat of capacity and cases?’ I asked...

‘Serves their bottom line. This ability to collect an additional 20 percent won’t last forever, so they are going to push that as long as they possibly can, to make it seem as dire as possible, and to use fear to get the public not to complain.’

‘But how can the largest city in America not notice?’

No "cases" here.

‘You tell me. How did they not notice a hulking hospital ship floating in their harbour? It had a thousand beds available of which only twenty were ever used and they sent it away while keeping people quarantined by claiming capacity and cases. So if you are concerned about the conflict of interest… the fact that your doctor is working for the hospital, and your insurance company is looking after their own profits, I suggest you take their advice for tonight, and go see a private physician tomorrow -- one that has to answer to you.’

‘Like we do on Harley Street?’

‘Exactly like that. And in future, my little green vegan, you might take note that plants are not always your friend.’

Viral Vaccines and the Jabberwock

As one contemplates—and experiences—the mad, topsy-turvy, inconsistent and patently absurd atmosphere of pandemia, one may be forgiven for thinking we are living inside a Lewis Carroll world of snarks, boojums, borogoves, Jubjub birds, Bandersnatches and Jabberwocks. It is becoming increasingly difficult to negotiate a blizzard of often conflicting reports, statistical findings and public recommendations emanating from the political and medical establishments. 

We were initially told that the viral curve would be “flattened” in two weeks. Eighteen months later, in many places around the world, we are still wearing masks and enduring punitive lockdowns or restrictions. Most recently, New Zealand has gone into national lockdown after a single case was detected. One “jab” should have sufficed, then two were required, and now three, with perhaps more to come.

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
 Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
 And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

  -- Lewis Carroll, Jabberwocky

We know that medical protocol requires a minimum five-year trial period to validate a vaccine, perhaps more. After less than a year, the product is still in the experimental stage, yet it has been approved for emergency use and may soon be ratified by the FDA.

PCR testing of the asymptomatic population was supposed to be failproof, yet the Ct (Cycle threshold) rates are generally so high as to produce enormous numbers of false positives. Even The New York Times is quizzical. High amplification cycles are too sensitive to be definitive. Curiously, the CDC and the FDA are suddenly re-evaluating their advocacy.

Many state authorities and health officials believe in a “Zero Covid” recovery scenario before mandates and restrictions will be lifted. Yet it now widely known that the virus will be with us indefinitely, like the flu and the common cold. Covid is here to stay. Herd immunity may be the best option.

We were assured that the vaccines would render us immune to the disease. It now turns out that the vaccinated are suffering “breakthrough” cases.  The numbers will vary according to the source, but “leakage” or “waning effectiveness” is a fact. The recent “Covid cluster” in a strict-entry, health-pass nightclub in Bordeaux (as well as in a Dutch club) is just another sign that vaccination is not a ticket to pharmaceutical heaven. But the blame will inevitably be placed on lax security.

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We know that viral/respiratory infections diminish significantly during the warm season; yet as Dr. Daniel Stock, who is a trained immunologist, asks: “Why is a vaccine that is supposedly so effective have a breakout in the middle of the summer when respiratory viral syndromes don’t do that?” As we have come to expect, Dr. Stock’s six-minute video has been taken down by YouTube and his claims “factchecked” to death by an innumerable host of politically complicit Internet sites and media shills. Open debate and informed argument are obviously not tolerated in the current repressive milieu. Dissenting views are ritually dismissed as junk, myth or “misinformation”—or simply suppressed.

We are informed that the recent spike in cases occurs among the unvaccinated, yet it is now known that the vaccines may not reliably block transmission. As Peter Smith writes in The Pipeline, “According to a CDC study and Public Health England, the viral load of those vaccinated who catch the virus is about equal to those unvaccinated…Those vaccinated can still catch the virus and pass it on.” Similarly, Harvard epidemiologist Dr. Michael Mina bluntly states that there will be “unabated transmission among the vaccinated.” Despite such occasional admissions, this worrisome trend will be downplayed or routinely debunked by the array of “interested parties”—the mainstream press, the Internet self-appointed watchdogs, and government-aligned medical practitioners—while the unvaccinated will continue to be scapegoated. 

Distinguished virologists and epidemiologists, such as Nobel Laureate Dr. Luc Montagnier and the inventor of the mRNA vaccine himself, Dr. Robert Malone, have deposed, with considerable evidence, that a condition called Antibody dependent enhancement, which allows the pathogen to invade cells, will render the vaccinated prone to the proliferating emergence of variants. Indeed, the vaccine itself is understood to be a variant amplifier, that is, it trains new variants to escape immune systems. And sure enough, we now confront Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta, with doubtless more to come. Dr. Malone has further warned against the spurious way in which the vaccines have been tested and clinical data manipulated—and he should know.

The word “jab” has taken on a new valence and entered the common lexicon to signify an injection of the aforementioned gene therapy substance, an mRNA delivery system that is by no means what is popularly understood as a regular antibody vaccine.  Nevertheless, we are assured that that these elixirs are effective and safe, despite the fact that adverse reactions continue to be reported (or massively underreported). An Open Letter from Doctors for COVID Ethics records a total for the EU/UK/USA of 34,052 vaccine deaths and 5.46 million injuries as of August 1, 2021. Those who administer the jabs are highly reluctant to consider or even question these figures. 

Come to my arms, my beamish boy!

My own GP will not hear of countervailing data and, to all intents and purposes, has banished me from his office, despite the Hippocratic oath he has sworn. He resolutely refuses to discuss the issue. The vaccines work, they are necessary, they are no different in their effect and function from previous vaccines, and all reports to the contrary are merely anecdotal and not to be credited. That’s the long and the short of it. The world’s best virologists (apart from the aforementioned)—authorities in their field like Sucharit BhakdiPeter McCulloughByram BridlePeter Doshi, Geert Vanden Bossche, Christian Perronne and others who have warned against the vaccines are of no account to him. Perhaps he has not even heard of them, given that many “contrarian” scientists with advanced degrees, professional renown and extensive clinical experience have not only been attacked for trafficking in falsehoods and misdiagnostics but have also been summarily deplatformed.

I have come to regard my physician—and the many others like him—as Carrollian Jabberwocks, primed and determined to accept the government and Big Pharma line at all costs and ply the needled jab without let or hindrance. It makes some sense, I submit, to take Carroll’s advice, to rest by the meditative Tumtum tree and stand awhile in thought. There will be trouble, of course, for: 

as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

It’s high time to unsheathe the “vorpal blade” and fight the burble back. I firmly believe that the vaccines should not be mandated, whether by government or corporate enterprises, but remain the personal decision of the individual — moreover, an individual who is privy to full disclosure regarding both sides of the debate, a task admittedly growing more and more mercurial under the prevailing rule of media and Internet censorship. Censorship almost always means there is a valid or important argument across the polemical meridian that the authorities and their journalist enablers do not want people to hear. Anything that challenges unexamined beliefs and rattles unsifted confidence must be cancelled.

Trust the science, said the Mad Hatter.

I have performed my own risk-benefit analysis and have decided to resist my Jabberwock’s dogmatic insistence. I take a modicum of comfort in the penultimate verse of Carroll’s poem.

And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
He chortled in his joy.

I neither chortle nor am beamish with joy, but am convinced that the right to exercise one’s own decision regarding one’s bodily integrity and independence of judgment is fundamental and lawful in a functioning democracy. The data-welter is disorienting but does not excuse mental laziness and the refusal to pursue discovery as best one can. Otherwise, we are on the route to a state of social, political or medical apartheid as the saved and the damned, the elect and the disenfranchised, the vaccinated and the unvaccinated, are rigorously segregated from one another, to the exclusion of the latter who will become social pariahs and cultural outcasts.

Mixed messages from the official sources will continue to ramify to add to our confusion. Celebrity medicos and opinion leaders will reverse themselves time and again. But the fact remains. The momes may rath outgrabe all they like, the slithy toves gimble, and the Jabberwocks flourish their implements, but a skeptical mind is a civil prerequisite, responsible inquiry is a moral and intellectual virtue, and a principle is a principle.

'I Am Covid, Destroyer of Oz'

Curfews, the army on the streets, extra police powers, rubber bullets. Mogadishu? No, it's Australia. Though, to be fair, rubber bullets have been confined so far to Melbourne. Apparently, those protesting lockdowns got a bit unruly. Bring out the Stormtroopers. And note, so far to August 21, there have been only 978 reported deaths from Covid-19, while since the first Covid death in March 2020 well over 200,000 Australians have died, publicly unmourned, from other causes. Perspective defenestrated.

Australia right now is a poster child for how western civilisation and all we hold dear can quickly go down the gurgler. What do we most hold dear? Our freedoms. Make those freedoms privileges, dispensed at will and whim by government. See people go along with it. Welcome to the servile state. True some people, relatively few in number, do protest. But hefty fines, jail time and, if necessary, rubber bullets will keep dissidents in check. It worked in East Germany, didn’t it?

I will digress for a purpose. Don’t want to get into Jane Fonda’s head. It’s probably a tangle of leftism in there which is best to avoid. I will say that she is the best looking eighty-three-year-old I’ve ever seen. So, unless she has a Doriana Gray portrait in the backroom, I can’t help but feel that her motives have been and are good. Misguided and bad are not synonymous. And even those who are misguided can be occasionally right. And so has she been.

As she rightly said, Covid is a gift to the Left. Whether it’s God’s gift we can argue about. Though, as a Christian, I do believe in predestination, hence it’s not unreasonable to assume that Covid is serving some celestial purpose. Personally, I doubt that purpose is to produce an earthly communist nirvana. At the same time, there is little doubt that those on the left feel a Chris-Matthews-type thrill going up their legs when surveying the havoc which Covid is bringing down on Western civilisation.

After all, if your objective is to remake civilisation in the image of a Marxist utopia, you first have to tear down what’s there. And that means undoing individual freedoms, before the presumed interests of the collective can be put in their place.

Been there, done that.

Ironically, the freedoms of Western civilisation can be more easily taken away because of the prosperity which those very freedoms have underpinned. People can be locked away and businesses closed down yet still everybody can be well fed. Well-fed citizens are less prone to rebellion.

Marx and Engels might have been right after all. Communism, aka The Great Reset, aka Inclusive or Cooperative or "Woke" capitalism, aka “building back fairer and better,” will potentially supersede free-market capitalism on the back of the material riches that individual freedoms have wrought. Hope not, but that’s the way it feels right now as I contemplate the outdoor mask mandate, which comes into effect right now, to supplement rules which restrict me from travelling not more than 5 kms from home and to one essential shopping trip each day. Talking to other people is largely verboten.

One of my sons-in-law runs a carpet repair business. He has established rules which he hopes will allow him to continue to earn a living. For example, customers can make arrangements to leave their keys in a particular spot so that the repairers can enter and do the job while the occupants either leave home or ensconce themselves in another room. Being contactless is the key to survival in this brave new world.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the strata committee of the apartment building where I live in Sydney has just announced that renovations to two apartments cannot resume because zero contact between workers and residents in common areas can’t be guaranteed. Imagine the effect of this abundance of playing it safe across all apartment buildings – on electricians, plumbers, tradesmen generally, never mind the anguish of those living in apartments with half-renovated kitchens and bathrooms.

Not too close!

Mind you, the nervousness of our strata committee might be justified. “Special powers” have been given to the New South Wales police force “to lockdown apartment buildings while health assesses the Covid risk [and] to declare a residential premise a Covid-risk premise and require all people to present to police during compliance checks.”

Like the "Delta variant," the madness spreads. From health bureaucrats, to politicians, to the media, to the police, to strata committees, and of course, to scolds on the streets. Hard to remember what it was like in the B.C. (Before Covid) era. “Yes son, we didn’t wear masks then and we used to mix with and talk freely to other people. It was all very unhealthy. Now the government keeps us safe.”

A caveat. Might be feeling too down Down Under. Here there is no countervailing view of any weight. All political leaders are as one. No Red states. No Ron DeSantis. Maybe we have to rely yet again on America to save western civilisation and put this nightmare behind us?

Those Covid Vaccines: Blessing or Curse?

Don’t want to get too provocative but wouldn’t it have been better if the vaccines hadn’t appeared at warp speed? Or appeared at all? At least these improvised vaccines. Many more people would have died, millions perhaps, is the official line. I am certainly not in favour of deaths. And maybe the official line is correct, and my questioning is wayward. It could be. I don’t know.

Let me start at a conceptual level with two propositions; neither of which should be particularly contentious. First, correlation is not the same thing as causation. Second, as the French political economist Frédéric Bastiat (1801-1850) put it, adverse unseen effects of policies and actions, collateral damage if you like, often dwarf seen effects. To the first proposition:

Public Health England produces regular and updated information on the virus and vaccinations in England. Its Covid-19 vaccine surveillance report for week 32 (Aug 12, 2021), claimed, based on modelling, that “84,600 deaths and 23,395,000 infections have been prevented [up to 6 August] as a result of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.”

Possibly, but only 60,000 lives saved (to 23 July) were claimed in the previous report, quite a jump; and recall Neil Ferguson’s Imperial College modelling back in March 2020, which grossly exaggerated the likely deaths from Covid-19; and keep in mind also those “over-heating” climate models.

Trust the science.

Modelling of complex real phenomena is always tenuous. Have all relevant variables been included, logged as appropriate, and measured accurately? Have all irrelevant, distracting variables been omitted? There is no way of knowing. Moreover, when modelling says that the change in one variable is caused by the change in another, we know that the two are correlated. Models are not magical. Correlation is everything.

Suppose an expensive large-scale vaccination program was put in place and after a time there was an observed fall in infections and in the rate of hospitalisations and deaths per infection. You would need a very clever, and non-confirmation-biased, model not to show a strong causal connection. But there are other possible contributors.

The virus might have become less pathogenic through time as viruses generally do. Perhaps the cohort of the population particularly susceptible to the virus caught it in the early waves before the vaccinations became available or widespread. Perhaps spring and summer in the northern hemisphere has contributed to an attenuation of the virus’s virulence.

Bear in mind I am not at all saying that the vaccinations don’t work. The question is how effectively and for how long? Any hypothesis that they don’t work nearly well enough has been undercut by correlation. The vaccines are now somewhat bullet proof. Yet cases are rising again. For example, the rise in cases in the U.K. and Israel is put down to immunity waning and the consequential need for booster jabs. Those vaccinated can still catch the virus and pass it on. Conclusion: need for a booster jab. According to a CDC study and Public Health England, the viral load of those vaccinated who catch the virus is about equal to those unvaccinated. Conclusion: need for a booster jab.

Booster jabs and tinkering with the vaccines may well become the public-health objective. Slipping into the shadows will be the objective of preventing serious illness and deaths. It’s called “Solutioneering” after the philosopher Roger James. Means become ends.

They can't hurt, they might help.

Without vaccines much more focus would have been put on treatments. Natural immunity and treatments (even discounting the politically unacceptable ones like Ivermectin and HCQ due to their association with the dreaded Donald Trump) might well have put us in a better place right now. Of course, it’s counter-factual. There is no way of knowing. What we know is that boosters will be on offer. And maybe as frequently as every six months, judging by the success the virus is having in surviving the first round of vaccines.

Is there a way out? There is. It depends on the virus. We need the virus to become adept at infecting the vaccinated while becoming progressively less lethal. There has been speculation to that effect in the U.K. Natural selection might work in our favour. Mind you, a terrible outcome of a more deadly virus circumventing vaccines isn't worth thinking about, so I won't.

Vaccinations need to be seen as becoming redundant, despite any kicking and screaming from drug companies. Absent this outcome, the incipient collateral damage from vaccine dependency will become endemic. What will that look like?

First, loss of freedom. Vaccines are shepherding in identity papers. Worse, in this digital age, they’re shepherding in Big Brother. There will be data bases. They will know where you’ve been.

Media shills maintain that this is no different in principle from needing a yellow fever jab to travel to certain tropical places. Or, from parents effectively being obliged to ensure their children have certain prescribed vaccinations. No, these requirements are not remotely in the same ballpark as burdening the ordinary business of life with a need to establish one’s medical credentials before entering football stadiums, night clubs, shopping centres, churches, trains, buses and the like.

Second, division; to wit, effectively, medical apartheid. Extraordinarily, some putative conservative commentators are pushing the line that the way out of lockdowns is to provide those vaccinated with normal freedoms.  Implicitly that means denying those same God-given freedoms to the unvaccinated. How long before the unvaccinated need to wear badges? Here in Australia you can see numbers of them on Rupert Murdoch’s Sky News.

What could go wrong?

Third, degradation of human interaction. Vaccines which don’t prevent infection and transmission, point to continuing mask mandates. We know those on the left love masks. They will need little reason to insist we keep wearing them.

“Approximately 60-65% of all meaning in human encounters derives from non-verbal clues,” according to an article by Burgoon and Hoobler in the Handbook of Interpersonal Communication, 2002."The nonverbal component of the communication process is as important to the teacher/student relationship as the verbal component and often much more so," according McCroskey and Payne in Nonverbal Behaviour in Interpersonal Relations, 1991. It's not contentious. Covering faces, masking, is no small imposition. It's a crippling one.

The response of governments to Covid has already severely damaged human well-being. Continual rounds of vaccinations and all that goes with them is a road to a sickening future. Ripping the agenda out of the hands of public health officials is one key to a better future. More political leaders like Florida governor Ron DeSantis. Fewer sell-out conservatives in the media. But more than anything,  a relatively benign, highly transmissible, virus mutation for which vaccinations have no answer.