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10 MORE Experts Criticising the Coronavirus Panic

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Following on from our previous list, here are ten more expert voices, drowned out or disregarded by the mainstream narrative, offering their take on the coronavirus outbreak.

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Dr. Sunetra Gupta et al. are an Oxford-based research team constructing an epidemiological model for the coronavirus outbreak, their paper has yet to be peer-reviewed, but the abstract is available online.

Dr Gupta is a Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology at the University of Oxford with an interest in infectious disease agents that are responsible for malaria, HIV, influenza and bacterial meningitis. She is a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Scientific Medal by the Zoological Society of London and the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award for her scientific research.

What they say:

Comment: 12 Experts Question The Need For a Global Coronavirus Lockdown


Yes, 12 world experts really did question the need for panic: Countering official claims of 'high COVID-19 mortality rates'

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The below features comment from reader Vijay Vallamudi in quote boxes, with FRN's brief responses to his points raised. His objections to OffGuardian's coverage are well-intentioned, we've vetted his interactions on Disqus and Medium, and he seems genuine. Our responses to his points are below each point.

The article in question appeared first on OffGuardian and was reproduced on FRN days later.

While we aren't experts on this subject of virology, pandemics, or public responses to these, we've accurately covered any number of ongoing wars, crises, and world events and there has never been an exception where the military-media-intelligence nexus wasn't involved. There has rarely been a case where we've had to retract a story entirely, aside from updating facts, figures, locations and other 'fog of war' elements that come as a part of war coverage.

As we've been featured in US Senate Senate Intelligence Committee reports on the subject of propaganda and democratic processes, have been targeted and smeared directly by Atlantic Council projects, and have nevertheless survived to tell the world about the situations in Ukraine, Syria, Venezuela and beyond, and members of our editorial team have often been featured on foreign televised media to give expert assessment of these world events, we believe we are at least in the position to speak to the media-intelligence aspects of this phenomenon, which several of the experts in the referenced article above have described as 'hysteria'.

We encourage a robust conversation about this pandemic, its consequences on public health, civil liberties, economic justice, transparency, and fundamental challenges it poses to whatever democratic institutions may still exist. - J. Flores

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Company charged millions for pro-America ads that never aired in Afghanistan, lawsuit alleges

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A billboard in Ghazni promotes coalition action in Afghanistan in 2010
An information operations contractor billed the Pentagon millions of dollars for pro-U.S. television and radio ads that never aired in Afghanistan, a whistleblower complaint filed by the firm's former president alleges in a recently unsealed lawsuit.

The Leonie Group, also known as Leonie Industries, served as the Pentagon's top propaganda producer in Afghanistan from 2008 to 2015, with the firm receiving a $120 million contract to produce TV, radio and billboard ads, the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit, first filed in July 2017, alleges Leonie knew it had no way to verify its work was ever seen by the Afghan people.

Once the company started to monitor its programs at the urging of the U.S. military in 2014, it found less than 75% of its TV ads and 45% of its radio ads aired, court documents said.


Police and military begin door to door searches to hunt down New Yorkers seeking refuge in Rhode Island

Police, Military Begin Door to Door Searches to Hunt Down New Yorkers
In perhaps the most unprecedented attack on the Constitution on which the Free Thought Project has ever has ever reported, the governor of Rhode Island has announced that the National Guard will begin conducting house-to-house searches to hunt down New Yorkers seeking refuge in their state.

Not only will cops be violating the 4th Amendment rights of citizens in their homes, the governor also announced that Rhode Island cops have already begun puling over every vehicle they see with a New York license plate.

In a move that is reminiscent to that of Nazi Germany, the governor labeled an entire state a threat. Checkpoints have been set up along the interstate and vehicles with New York plates were being stopped without probable cause on Friday.

"Right now we have a pinpointed risk," Governor Gina Raimondo said. "That risk is called New York City."

It is no question that New York is the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak and their citizens should remain self-quarantined to prevent the spread of the virus. The state has over 46,000 reported cases and 450 deaths reported as of Saturday morning.

Comment: Yes Covid-19 is real. But what does that even mean? If one has been reading here for the last few weeks one would know by now that the disease DOES NOT warrant all the police state powers and policies we are currently witnessing. The inducement towards societal hysteria and reporting on one's neighbor - or acting out against them being another horrible knock-on effect.

See: Authoritarian hysteria: Armed vigilantes chop down tree, block driveway to force neighbor into quarantine


Sweden says no to quarantine - is this the most reckless or the most proportionate Covid-19 response in the West?

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People dine in a restaurant on March 27, 2020 in Stockholm during the the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
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.

Comment: It's early days yet. If the UK can flip to "it's just a flu we'll let everyone catch" to one of the most extreme implementations of lockdown in just 24 hours, Sweden can too.

Red Flag

UK police creates hotline for people to snitch on their neighbors

Police chiefs are urging snoopers to use online "hotlines" to snitch on neighbours who are breaching the Government's coronavirus lockdown.

Humberside has become the first police force to create a dedicated online "portal" where people can submit written tip-offs if they spot gatherings of more than two people.

Other forces including West Midlands, Greater Manchester and Avon and Somerset are urging the public to alert them to breaches using their established online forums rather than 999 or 101.

It has already seen one late-night house party in Coventry broken up by police and eight people "removed" and sent home after a neighbour tipped off West Midlands Police.


Midnight on Planet Lockdown: Bob Dylan releases new ballad dissecting Kennedy assassination

Like a shot ricocheting at Heaven's Door, Bob Dylan has released a masterpiece dissecting JFK's assassination
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Dallas, Texas, location of the scene where John Kennedy was assassinated during an official journey in 1963.

What spectacular timing. Like a shot ricocheting at Heaven's Door as a virus pandemic rages and Planet Lockdown is the new normal, Bob Dylan has produced a stunning 17-minute masterpiece dissecting the November 22, 1963, assassination of JFK - releasing it at midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Thursday.

For baby boomers, not to mention obsessive Dylanologists, this is the ultimate sucker punch. Countless eyes will be plunged into swimming pools revisiting all the memories swirling around "the day they blew out the brains of the king / Thousands were watching, no one saw a thing." But that's not all: the Dylanmobile takes us on a magical mystery tour of the 60s and 70s, complete with the Beatles, the Age of Aquarius and the Who's "Tommy."

If there's any cultural artifact capable of sending a powerful jolt across a discombobulated America trying to come to grips with a dystopic Desolation Row, this is it, the work of America's undisputed, true Exceptionalist. The times, they are-a-changin'. Oh, yes, they are.


If you haven't yet read it, this series is an excellent analysis of the cabal, still in power today, who were responsible for the death of JFK:
John F. Kennedy and the Monolithic and Ruthless Conspiracy


Billionaire David Geffen incites social media riot after posting photos "quarantined" on his $590 million superyacht

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Tone deaf David Geffen

We're all for free speech, but maybe the height of a global crisis isn't the best time to "floss" your $8 billion net worth like you're making a cameo in a Cash Money Records music video.

That's the lesson someone should have told DreamWorks co-founder David Geffen, who pissed off the world when he posted photos of his "quarantine" on his superyacht on Instagram last week. Geffen posted photos of his yacht, which according to the Washington Examiner, cost $590 million, accompanied by a caption that said:
"Sunset last night...isolated in the Grenadines avoiding the virus. I'm hoping everybody is staying safe."
Geffen yacht

Comment: "Psychopath" and "cash-induced brain disease" victim - just about describes a whole segment of the elite population that have utterly no insight whatsoever, and a near-total lack of ability to empathize with the far greater numbers of individuals who are struggling through this time.


Better Flu Season Than Average? Covid-19 Yet to Impact Europe's Overall Mortality

The official figures for 24 countries across Europe show not only that overall mortality is not increasing, but - so far - it is actually well below recent averages.

The statistics were gathered by the European Monitoring of Excess Mortality for Public Health Action (EuroMOMO), an international partnership of agencies from 24 European nations aiming to promote preparedness for public health emergencies.

They track "excess mortality", meaning the number of officially recorded deaths vs the average death rate.

We recommend you check their website, where each country is broken down by age demographics. Today, we're focusing on their maps.

Here is the map showing Europe's excess mortality for Week 12 of 2020 (19th-25th March):

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MOMO Europe mortality, week 12, 2020 [CLICK FOR FULL SIZE]

Comment: So not only is this so-called pandemic 'not just the flu', as media talking-heads have been 'fact-checking' sites like ours for the last few weeks, it's not EVEN an average flu season.


Faster than any virus: The sickness of snitching spreads

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Meet the Covid-Stasi: nasty neighbours squealing on people for going for a second run.

A sickness is spreading through Britain. The sickness of snitching. Police forces report a 'surge' in calls from people squealing on their neighbours for going for a second run or taking their dog out rather too often. It's being called 'quarantine shaming'. It's the most shameful part of this pandemic so far. If we aren't careful, this enthusiastic embrace of the Stasi tactic of spying and grassing on our neighbours could hurt Britain more than the virus itself in the long run.

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought out the best and the worst in our societies. The best can be seen in the armies of volunteers stepping up to help their neighbours. More than 700,000 people signed up to be NHS volunteers and many others across the country have set up local WhatsApp groups to discuss what needs to be done in their community. This is wonderful and inspiring. But there has been a dark side too and we can't ignore it. The curtain-twitching element has been emboldened by this crisis. Some seem to relish the opportunity to name, shame and harass anyone who deviates even slightly from the lockdown rules. This is the Covid-Stasi.