By Guy Birchall, British journalist covering current affairs, politics and free speech issues. Recently published in The Sun and Spiked Online. With most of Europe imposing extraordinary restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus, Sweden has left its citizens surprisingly free. Are Swedes rolling the dice with their public health, or is everyone else overreacting? As most of Europe clamps down in a bid to slow the spread of Covid-19, one country is bucking the trend. Sweden is taking a markedly more liberal approach to combatting the virus. Despite its closest neighbours, Denmark and Norway, shutting down all but essential services, Swedes remain free to socialise as the harsh Scandinavian winter comes to an end. Although universities and high schools have shut, pre-schools, kindergartens, bars, restaurants, ski resorts, sports clubs and hairdressers have all remained open. The streets of Stockholm and Malmo are noticeably quieter than usual, but positively bustling compared to those of Copenhagen, Oslo, London, Paris and Rome. Standing in bars is banned but as long as punters can find a seat they’re free to enjoy a night out. Other steps taken include gatherings of more than 50 people being banned and the over 70s being urged to self-isolate.
The entire political focus of yesterday’s news cycle was the legislative imbroglio between Republicans and Democrats over the coronavirus rescue package. Republicans believe we should presuppose and even continue encouraging an indefinite shutdown while spending trillions to treat it. Democrats believe the same thing and also want to add all their other extraneous progressive policies too. But nobody is asking: Do we really need to intensify the shutdown before we understand the data and projections of the actual virus itself? Given that the virus was discovered in Wuhan on November 17 (at the latest), when did coronavirus really begin in this country? Roughly how many cases do we think occurred before we began testing during the first week in March, and how many fatalities occurred? How many of the presumed flu deaths, and particularly the presumed pneumonia deaths during what was thought of as a bad flu season, were really due to coronavirus? These are not mere academic questions. They should determine our public policy response. Knowing when the virus began and what we think occurred in January and February (and perhaps even December) will help determine not only how severe this virus is, but how far along we are into the epidemic. If we really had hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of cases, along with several thousand more fatalities prior to testing, that would mean that the mortality rate is even lower than the 1.2% post-testing average so far.
We have been pointing out in our coverage of the coronavirus crisis, that there are still radically divergent points of view about this, among alternative sources who we have trusted in the past. Each side of the debate has marshalled studies and authorities which are far from unreasonable. Thus, we continue to strive to give balanced coverage. First, taking the coronapocalpyse line is Natural News.com, arguing that the coronavirus is much deadlier than the seasonal flu, and would have killed millions if not for lock down:
“A new study points out that the outbreak could have caused 40 million deaths had it not been kept in check. The study comes from Imperial College London, where researchers estimated the potential scale of the coronavirus pandemic across the globe had measures not been put in place to stop its spread. The paper appeared in the 12the report of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Modeling within the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis and the Abdul Latif Jameel Institute for Disease and Emergency Analytics. “Our findings suggest that all countries face a choice between intensive and costly measures to suppress transmission or risk health systems becoming rapidly overwhelmed,” said the study’s co-author Dr. Patrick Walker, a member of the faculty of medicine at Imperial College London. “However, our results highlight that rapid, decisive and collective action now will save millions of lives in the next year,” Walker added. Currently, the latest estimates show that the coronavirus has infected over 531,000 people worldwide. However, according to the study, that number could have been as high as 7 billion people — about 90 percent of the world’s population — had it remained unchecked.”
Back in 1980, when rock singer Sing was with the band, The Police, and he had a bit more hair, they released the song, Don’t Stand So Close to Me. It was terrible then, dealing with some sort of decadence, but today the song is strangely relevant, especially in Singapore, a highly regulated society, which mirrors how the rest of the West will inevitably go total authoritarian after this crisis in the next wave of the New World Order:
“Singapore is set to punish people who stand too close to strangers with 6 months in prison as the true scope of “social distancing” measures begins to be felt around the world. According to a press release from the country’s Ministry of Health, Singaporeans who fail to maintain a distance of one meter from other people during “non-transient” public interactions can be fined 10,000 Singapore dollars ($6,985) or hit with 6 months in jail. The measure is obviously designed to target groups of people who congregate or people who visit their friends and relatives. As the resentment of being forced to live under quarantine lockdown for weeks and possibly months builds, authorities across the world are undoubtedly going to face a growing backlash from the citizenry, no matter how bad the spread of coronavirus. In France, a 35-year-old man was sent to prison after repeatedly violating lockdown measures after being found guilty of “endangering the lives of others.” Another 19-year-old man was handed a 4 month suspended prison sentence for repeatedly flouting the measures 10 times in just a few days. In Jordan, authorities initially banned everyone from going outside, even to buy food, leading to the arrest of 800 people. More than 90,000 Italians have also been hit with fines for violating quarantine while transgressors in Spain can face up to 18 months in prison. As we highlighted yesterday, one police force in the UK is using drone surveillance technology to spy on people who walk their dogs in remote areas and then track down their home address. Meanwhile, in “troubled” areas of European cities such as Seine-Saint-Denis in Paris, migrants are virtually immune from quarantine measures because large groups of them intimidate police if they try to enforce them.”
We all know them: people who we have spoken to about the political issues, but who worship money and comfort, and do nothing out of apathy and self-interest. My eldest son for example, now has a girl friend from an establishment rich family of lawyers, and will have nothing to do with me, because I am critical of the system. However, this family got a body blow from the coronapocalpyse, when their clients were reduced by 50 percent in just the first few weeks. I don’t wish anyone ill, but in the end, people harvest what they reap, or as the Bible says, sow the wind, reap a whirlwind (Hosea 8:7).
“Dear clueless America,
You are now living under the tyranny you deserve. For the last four years, as truth-telling websites like Natural News were smeared, de-platformed and silenced, you said nothing. You were more interested in your Starbucks lattes, your inflated stock market shares, and virtue signaling your obedience to pop culture than defending the right of people to tell the truth. You let the world’s “facts” be determined by the most evil, communist-infiltrated techno-fascists imaginable: Google, Wikipedia, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and many more. You said nothing as they silenced independent publishers who told the truth about natural cures, herbal remedies and the dangers of biological weapons research (which we desperately warned the world about in 2012). As long as YOU weren’t banned, that was the most important priority in your mind, and you rapidly self-censored your own speech to make sure you could continue to earn ad revenue on YouTube by complying with their “community guidelines” that outlawed truth and reason. The reason you are stuck in an apartment in a high-density city, beating your head against the wall while your stock market portfolio vanishes with each passing day is because you thought it was more important to be obedient than free. You went along with the hyperventilating, screaming masses as they demanded the de-platforming of Natural News, InfoWars and an endless list of independent media organizations, claiming your “fact checkers” had a divine monopoly on facts (even though they were mostly funded by interested linked back to Big Pharma).
The information contained in this blog is from a chapter of a forthcoming book by David Crowe. The AVN has not verified the details within but is sharing it in the interests of balance. The world is suffering from a massive delusion based on the belief that a test for RNA is a test for a deadly new virus, a virus that has emerged from wild bats or other animals in China, supported by the western assumption that Chinese people will eat anything that moves. If the virus exists, then it should be possible to purify viral particles. From these particles RNA can be extracted and should match the RNA used in this test. Until this is done it is possible that the RNA comes from another source, which could be the cells of the patient, bacteria, fungi etc. There might be an association with elevated levels of this RNA and illness, but that is not proof that the RNA is from a virus. Without purification and characterization of virus particles, it cannot be accepted that an RNA test is proof that a virus is present. Definitions of important diseases are surprisingly loose, perhaps embarrassingly so. A couple of symptoms, maybe contact with a previous patient, and a test of unknown accuracy, is all you often need. While the definition of SARS, an earlier coronavirus panic, was self-limiting, the definition of the new coronavirus disease is open-ended, allowing the imaginary epidemic to grow…
Even if there is a Grand Plan by the globalist ruling elite to pull down the temple at some point, at least in the short-term globalism is getting a hammering. The lower level new class are worried about borders closing, and the rise of food nationalism:
“It’s not just grocery shoppers who are hoarding pantry staples. Some governments are moving to secure domestic food supplies during the conoravirus pandemic. Kazakhstan, one of the world’s biggest shippers of wheat flour, banned exports of that product along with others, including carrots, sugar and potatoes. Serbia has stopped the flow of its sunflower oil and other goods. Russia is leaving the door open to shipment bans and said it’s assessing the situation weekly. To be perfectly clear, there have been just a handful of moves and no sure signs that much more is on the horizon. Still, what’s been happening has raised a question: Is this the start of a wave of food nationalism that will further disrupt supply chains and trade flows? “We’re starting to see this happening already -- and all we can see is that the lockdown is going to get worse,” said Tim Benton, research director in emerging risks at think tank Chatham House in London. Though food supplies are ample, logistical hurdles are making it harder to get products where they need to be as the coronavirus unleashes unprecedented measures, panic buying and the threat of labor crunches. Consumers across the globe are still loading their pantries -- and the economic fallout from the virus is just starting. The specter of more trade restrictions is stirring memories of how protectionism can often end up causing more harm than good. That adage rings especially true now as the moves would be driven by anxiety and not made in response to crop failures or other supply problems.”
Here is the next level of social control, being under lock down, guarded by the military:
“Every Australian arriving home from overseas will face a mandatory two-week stay in city hotels to make sure quarantine is enforced. The extraordinary measure announced by Prime Minister on Friday will come into force for overseas arrivals from 1.59pm on Saturday night. The clampdown is aimed of slowing the insidious spread of coronavirus as new data shows two-thirds of the 3,050 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia are from overseas arrivals. Mr Morrison said state and territory police would be supported by the Australian Defence Force to ensure the new arrivals stayed in the hotels. Flanked by Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy, Mr Morrison said: 'By no later than midnight tomorrow - that is 11:59pm Saturday - states and territories will be quarantining all arrivals through our airports in hotels and other accommodation facilities for the two weeks of their mandatory self-isolation before they are able to return to their home.' Return travellers will be quarantined in hotels in the city where they fly into Australia, he said. 'If their home is in South Australia or in Perth or in Tasmania and they have arrived in Melbourne, they will be quarantining in Melbourne.'
The globalist elite never let a good crisis go to waste, regardless of whether or not they manufactured it in the first place.
“Now is the time for global leaders to create one world government to tackle the twin medical and economic crises caused by the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown urged on Thursday.
The left-wing former Labour leader said there was a need for a taskforce involving world leaders, health experts and the heads of international organisations that would have supreme and unfettered executive powers to coordinate the response. He gave no indication of who would appoint the “leaders,” how long they would serve for or just what their powers would involve, the Guardian reports. Brown simply wants a new layer of global supra-government to force a solution to a crisis that began in Wuhan, China. “This is not something that can be dealt with in one country,” he said. “There has to be a coordinated global response.” Brown said the current crisis was different to the one he was involved in 2008 during the global financial crash. “That was an economic problem that had economic causes and had an economic solution. “This is first and foremost a medical emergency and there has to be joint action to deal with that. But the more you intervene to deal with the medical emergency, the more you put economies at risk.” Brown said his proposed global taskforce would fight the crisis on two fronts. There would need to be a coordinated effort to find a vaccine, and to organise production, purchasing and prevent profiteering.”
The UK has passed the Coronavirus Act, which gives extraordinary power to those who rule us.
Here are some notes I received about this by email:
Re On Target the below may interest you.
There is a very old truism that states: “Tis an ill wind that blows no good.”
It may seem strange to link the world pandemic of Coronavirus with the above truism. But, it is a financial fact that Coronavirus has very clearly demonstrated, world wide, the ease and speed with which enormous sums of “money”, or credit, can be created. America? $3.4 TRILLIONS. Australia? MANY, MANY BILLIONS overnight. An engine requires petrol, or fuel in order to function properly: So, too, does Australia’s economy require “money”, or fuel, to function. The difference between the two is simple. Petrol is a liquid, [something we understand], that we can put in a container or in our fuel tank for our engine to function. However, credit, or money, we do not understand, except we all know we depend upon it for our very existence. Very few people have any idea of the source of our credit, or “fuel” needed for our National engine to run smoothly. The financial catastrophe confronting our Nation due to Coronavirus should be concentrating our “money” thinking. Where, or what, is the source of our sudden money supply? Have we forgotten the necessity of a few weeks ago to deliver a “Budget Surplus”? Have we forgotten our financially starved Economy of a few weeks ago? Have we forgotten the futile interest rate cuts of the Reserve Bank of Australia to stimulate our economy? We would do well to ask our politicians;
Man in the News: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
March 20, 2020
World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has lived most of his adult life as a “revolutionary” against formal, established systems. His political agenda, as is the case with contemporary Marxists, is to destabilize Western thought and Western civilization. The WHO is a hotbed for such appointed officials, clever at garnering huge funds and stealthy at undermining countries and regions which do not follow their political ideals. In appointing him, the WHO found the perfect blend of a well-trained and intelligent leader who uses his position to realign the geopolitics of the world. It is an important post. He has had major influence on the unfolding of the current Covid-19 “pandemic.” His warm relations with China may have been a factor in his response and his overestimation of the death rate. The following gives some background on Ghebreyesus, who is everywhere identified as an Ethiopian, but is actually from Eritrea. (I refer to him by his first name as Tedros in the following.) He worked in Ethiopia under various regimes, but I think his Eritrean background identifies his world view, his political background, and his politicization of health care. Hence his post in the WHO.
Throughout the country, bureaucrats and politicians are clamping down on the Constitution in the name of fighting a virus that thus far has not shown itself more deadly than the seasonal flu. Those numbers can change and it can be a serious disease, but as after 9/11 we are being told we must sacrifice our liberties in the name of security. Government did not deliver then and it will not deliver now. Liberty stolen will not be returned. Is there a better way? Watch today's Liberty Report:
BALTIMORE, MD—A new study by Johns Hopkins University found that the novel coronavirus is impacting men and women more than all the other genders combined. According to the study, 100% of coronavirus cases have affected men and women and not a single other gender. "It's incredible - we've found this virus is far more likely to affect biological males and biological females than any other biological gender," said Head of Gender Research Dr. Benji Charmin. "We thought the data had to be flawed, but we checked again and again, and sure enough, this thing is aggressively going after men and women and ignoring the other genders entirely." He shrugged. "It's just science." Progressives quickly applauded the virus for not attacking any of the other genders and only focusing on traditional, outdated, binary genders. "Finally, a virus that ignores the demiboys, dragonkin, and those who identify as tater tots," said one activist in Portland. "It's about time the tables were turned. Thanks, COVID-19!" He then headed over to his local Communist cafe to lick a doorknob -- "just my little way of showing my gratitude."
Published: 02:16 AEDT, 28 February 2018 | Updated: 03:36 AEDT, 28 February 2018
Government figures reveal 64,157 people died in January - significantly higher than the death toll of 45,141 recorded in December. It is the highest number since records began in 2006 - and only the second time it has breached 60,000. 'Circulating influenza' was blamed in the report, released today and compiled using data of deaths from each region. It showed deaths were higher than levels recorded during the Swine flu pandemic in 2010 - considered the worst outbreak in recent years. The Office for National Statistics report showed a similar trend in deaths was seen in all nine regions of England and Wales itself. It read: 'Circulating influenza is likely to be a contributing factor in the high number of deaths registered in January 2018.' Some 10,011 deaths were recorded in the South East, followed by 8,625 in the North West and 7,110 in the East of England. At the other end of the scale, 3,503 people died in the North East in January, 3,945 in Wales and 5,401 in the East Midlands. Latest figures show the flu outbreak has killed at least 271 people, but this is likely to be an underestimate because it only counts for confirmed hospital deaths.
Maybe, just, maybe, after the globalists have fully exploited the present biocrisis, there may be a tiny residue of nationalism still left, and at least some important drugs will be once again made in the West, and not China. I have heard nothing about this issue in passive Australia, but in the US, there is some movement at the front:
“Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) called on the United States to rebuild its domestic pharmaceutical manufacturing capacity in order to end China’s monopoly on the drugs Americans rely on. “I encourage my colleagues to support the bipartisan Securing America’s Medicine Cabinet Act,” Blackburn said in a floor speech on Wednesday, as the Senate discussed the coronavirus relief bill. Blackburn opened her remarks by acknowledging the “gross malfeasance” of China’s communist regime in handling the coronavirus pandemic. “After we acknowledge Beijing’s gross malfeasance,” Blackburn said, “we’re going to adjust the way we think about China in the context of the economy, of our national defense, technology, human rights, and pharmaceutical manufacturing.”
Germany is putting up stiff competition to Sweden as the cuck of Europe, where it has closed its borders to fellow Europeans, but not refugees, because that would be “racist.” Somehow diversity must give refugees immunity to the coronavirus:
“Germany has officially closed its borders to all visiting Europeans due to the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), save for those providing essential services from France, Luxembourg, and Switzerland – oh, and migrants from Africa and the Middle East. That’s right: If you’re a white European person who’s not a citizen of Germany, you can no longer visit Germany. But if you’re some random migrant from a Third World country, then come on in: Germany is open to you! According to the German Ministry of the Interior, so-called “asylum seekers,” many of whom could be carrying deadly viruses, are fully exempt from Germany’s lockdown measures, which only apply to Europeans who are being told that they have to self-isolate and social-distance in order to “flatten the curve.” “At Germany’s E.U. external borders [airports and seaports], there has been no change in the [asylum] procedure,” a representative from Germany’s Ministry of the Interior told Junge Freiheit. In other words, Europeans who previously had a right to enter Germany have now been relegated to second-class status, while illegal “migrants” from the Third World are having the red carpet rolled out for them, even when they blatantly violate the law to try to get into Germany outside the legal process. “In practice, this means that if a migrant were to illegally enter the European Union’s Schengen Zone via Italy or Greece and make it to France or Switzerland, he can still demand asylum in Germany, and thus must be allowed to traverse these countries so that he can formally request it on German territory,” reports Voice of Europe.
With increasingly draconian measures being imposed upon the otherwise docile population of subjects, or is it patients (?), with civil liberties evaporating, private property rights no longer respected, it is good to see some criticism of these policies which have gone over the top, and down the other side into anarcho-tyranny. Don’t like guns? Just classify gun shops as non-essential and close them down. If people do not comply, why either arrest them and/or turn off the water and power of businesses. Lights out folks! But, criminals are being given an easy ride, perhaps right to our doors:
“Local governments are announcing they will coddle criminals during the pandemic. Activists want the whole country to follow suit, and many want criminals treated this way all the time. Los Angeles County, America’s largest county prison system, released over 600 inmates. Most had fewer than 30 days left in their sentences. “Our population within our jails is a vulnerable population just by who they are, where they are located,” Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva said, “so we’re protecting that population from potential exposure.” Los Angeles police have stopped arresting criminals who would be held on less than $50,000 bail. Arrests dropped from 300 to 60 a day. The county may also release pregnant women and older inmates. The Bail Project’s chief executive Robin Steinberg is delighted: “Policing has to radically change in response to this crisis that we’re facing and the police should refrain from arresting people on the kinds of offenses that they have all too easily arrested people on over the last few decades.” Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, a notorious, Soros-backed “progressive,” urged police to cut arrests for non-violent crimes. His office also wants to turn loose most non-violent inmates; burglars, prostitutes, and others will be released after filling out some paperwork. High-crime Baltimore is also leaving criminals on the streets. State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said she would dismiss all charges for drug possession and distribution, trespassing, minor traffic offenses, open-container laws, and public urination. She said this would help prevent a coronavirus outbreak in city jails. Baltimore public defender Kirsten Gettys Downs is pleased: “We are grateful that our criminal justice partners recognized these concerns and collaborated to reduce the jail population and save the lives of our most vulnerable clients,” she wrote. Since when do public defenders call the prosecution “our partners”? Many prosecutors, including Miss Mosby, see the virus as an excuse cut back permanently. “We put far too many people behind bars for far too long, and fail to provide adequate care to those we incarcerate,” she wrote in a letter released by 30 “progressive” prosecutors. “That’s a humanitarian crisis with or without COVID-19.”
I have been wondering why Italy and Iran had been heavily hit by the coronavirus. An article by Helen Raleigh, herself an immigrant from China, at The Federalist explains it. Call me research incompetent, but don’t call me late for dinner, but I could not find the URL for the article, I got it sent by an email.
“The reason these two countries are suffering the most outside China is mainly due to their close ties with Beijing, primarily through the “One Belt and One Road” (OBOR) initiative. OBOR is Beijing’s foreign policy play disguised as infrastructure investment.
Stupid people are taking out their frustrations upon checkout staff, who should not be blamed for rationing. These people are low paid, have long work hours, and a generally terrible job, and should not be abuse. Here one can see a Woolies staff woman in tears:
Yet, thought this is sad, what worries me is the video of a fight breaking out in a supermarket. This is starting to become more common as civil society breaks down. I am concerned, and you all should be too, that if this is how some people are now, what happens when things get really bad? Like this bad, and beyond: