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Correctly counting the cost shows Australia's lockdown was a mistake

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The costs of what we have done are enormous and will show up most obviously over the next few months in the body counts sacrificed to causes other than COVID-19.
The future will now be worse because the flawed pandemic health projections didn't correctly calculate their effects on economic welfare.

Australia's economic policies in response to the coronavirus threat have been driven in the main by projections of death and infection rates, produced by epidemiological modelling, that since have been proven to be orders of magnitude above what any country anywhere in the world, regardless of policy, has experienced.

Meanwhile, the welfare costs of our economic policy responses have been either overlooked entirely, gestured towards vaguely but not actually calculated, or calculated in ways strikingly out of alignment with international best practice when estimating the welfare costs of different policy alternatives - eg, using full value-of-a-statistical-life (VSL) numbers, rather than age-adjusted VSL or quality-adjusted life years, when valuing lives lost to COVID-19 (which are predominantly the lives of older people with a few years, not an entire life, left to live).

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Lockdowns failed to alter the course of pandemic and are now destroying millions of livelihoods worldwide, JP Morgan study claims

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Coronavirus lockdowns have failed to alter the course of the pandemic but have instead 'destroyed millions of livelihoods', a JP Morgan study has claimed.

Falling infection rates since lockdowns were lifted suggest that the virus 'likely has its own dynamics' which are 'unrelated to often inconsistent lockdown measures', a report published by the financial services giant said.

Denmark is among the countries which has seen its R rate continue to fall after schools and shopping malls re-opened, while Germany's rate has mostly remained below 1.0 after the lockdown was eased.

Comment: Despite the information given in the above article, they still end off by saying you need to remain afraid. The 'pandemic' was nothing but an overreaction to a fairly mundane virus. Yet in spite of the fact that this was blatantly obvious fairly early on, the authorities continued the sham lockdown while the population and economy suffered. One imagines the blowback is going to be epic.

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How fear, groupthink drove unnecessary global lockdowns

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Reliance on Faulty Models


In the face of a novel virus threat, China clamped down on its citizens. Academics used faulty information to build faulty models. Leaders relied on these faulty models. Dissenting views were suppressed. The media flamed fears and the world panicked.

That is the story of what may eventually be known as one of the biggest medical and economic blunders of all time. The collective failure of every Western nation, except one, to question groupthink will surely be studied by economists, doctors, and psychologists for decades to come.

To put things in perspective, the virus is now known to have an infection fatality rate for most people under 65 that is no more dangerous than driving 13 to 101 miles per day. Even by conservative estimates, the odds of COVID-19 death are roughly in line with existing baseline odds of dying in any given year.

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Yet we put billions of young healthy people under house arrest, stopped cancer screenings, and sunk ourselves into the worst level of unemployment since the Great Depression. This from a virus that bears a survival rate of 99.99% if you are a healthy individual under 50 years old (1, 2).

New York City reached over a 25% infection rate and yet 99.98% of all people in the city under 45 survived, making it comparable to death rates by normal accidents.

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Eye 1

'Orwellian dictatorship': Italian government to recruit 60,000 'civic assistants' to snitch on Covid-19 rule-breakers

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People walking on a beach in Santa Severa, near Rome, as Italy begins easing of lockdown restrictions
The Italian government is preparing to recruit unemployed citizens to act as volunteer social-distancing enforcers, who will operate amongst the masses as life returns to a semi-normal state after the Covid-19 lockdown.

The government will publish a call this week for 60,000 so-called "civic assistants" to help perform control and assistance tasks - like reporting social distancing infractions or a lack of masks - during its reopening phase, to prevent non-compliance and a new surge in infections, AdnKronos reported.

The government will specifically target unemployed people who are availing of social benefits to perform the snooping and snitching on a "voluntary basis." Those who sign up will be demonstrating a "great civic sense" a government note announcing the plan says.

Comment: It's likely that if the government is unable to find 'voluntarily' snitches, they will coerce them with the threat of losing their unemployment benefits - bearing in mind that a great many only recently lost their job due to the tyrannical lockdown justified by the contrived coronavirus crisis. This sinister initiative is exemplary of the Pathocrats vision for the 'New Normal'.


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Joe Rogan: Covid-19 and vitamin D - Watch the show that forced Rogan to leave YouTube

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Last week the world's number one YouTuber and talk show host Joe Rogan announced his departure from the highly censored Alphabet (Google) owned platform. The real reason for his departure appears to have been his defiance of government-corporate orders to conceal from the public something uncontroversial and known for several generations until now: that Vitamin D and C are good for health and can prevent the onset of symptoms associated with communicable diseases or other injury to the organism.

Users of social media platform have looked on in bewilderment as stories they share talking about Vitamin C and D are labelled with 'Fake News' warnings. These typically accompany twisted rebuttals of the original claim, such as saying that Vitamin D is not a vaccine against coronavirus - a claim that was never made.

Below is the interview that probably did him in. This comes on the heels of an announcement over a month ago that while he was a Bernie Sanders supporter, he would probably vote for Donald Trump over Joe Biden. This is also against YouTube rules for the platforms high-ranked stars with a large social media following as influencers.

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Russian prosecutors seek 18-year sentence for ex-US marine accused of espionage

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Paul Whelan during a court hearing
Russian prosecutors demanded an 18-year prison term for former US marine Paul Whelan, on charges of spying for Western intelligence, on the last day of his trial in Moscow.

The Canadian-born defendant, who holds passports of four countries, was arrested in Moscow in late 2018 after reportedly receiving a flash drive with classified material from a Russian acquaintance. His attorney insists Whelan is innocent.

In his final statement to the court, the 50-year-old reiterated that he was not a spy and asked for an acquittal, according to the Moscow city court press service.

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Yellow Vest

Global anger builds as elites worldwide break quarantine rules

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"One rule for me, and another for thee" appears to be the politically-prone mantra rapidly spreading around the world.

Opposition parties take shots at one another with America's left decrying President Trump's maskless-golfing escapades...
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Comment: The Left doesn't really have a leg to stand on in their attempt to smear Trump. He's been leading the call to let Americans go back to work and their normal lives. Seems like he's attempting to set the example, while it's the Left's leaders who are hypocritically telling people to stay inside and wear masks while doing the opposite, as the example below shows.


...and the right exposing Virginia Governor Northam's recent non-socially-distanced, maskless-beach visit.
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NY Times' front page mass-listing of Covid-19 victims

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Protesters stage a 'mock funeral' to protest handling of coronavirus pandemic May 20, 2020.
The New York Times' editors are busy congratulating themselves for publishing the names of a thousand Covid-19 deaths and calling it journalism. Why has the nation's paper of record abandoned reporting for misery-mongering?

New Yorkers woke up on Sunday to find the sun shining, and fewer people dying of the coronavirus than at any point since mid-March. However, they remain locked at home under Governor Andrew Cuomo's orders, and as the total death count in the US inched near 100,000, their morning newspaper reminded them they have nothing to feel good about.

The New York Times chose to mark the 100,000 death milestone by replacing its front page (and the following 11 pages too) with a list of 1,000 of these deaths, along with a one-line description of the deceased.

Comment: "...the New York Times is selling you misery for misery's sake." It is also selling newspapers for a profit that misery, fear, and pulling heartstrings from first-hand tragedy encourage.


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More than half a million people sign petition refusing mandatory coronavirus vaccine

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More than half a million people have already signed a petition created by LifeSiteNews rejecting the notion of a mandatory coronavirus vaccine.

As of Saturday, the petition has created more than 532,000 online signatures. It was created in early May. The lion's share of petition signers are from the United States, with tens of thousands in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. Gualberto Garcia Jones, LifeSite's director of advocacy, said:
"The enormous response against a mandatory vaccination program for the coronavirus is truly global in nature. This is something people around the world are very concerned about, and which many reject."
The petition breaks down the fundamental violation of essential liberties that a prospective mandatory vaccine effort would entail.
"Fear of a disease - which we know very little about, relative to other similar diseases - must not lead to knee-jerk reactions regarding public health, nor can it justify supporting the hidden agenda of governmental as well as non-governmental bodies that have apparent conflicts of interest in plans to restrict personal freedoms."
The petition cites concern with the credibility of globalist billionaire Bill Gates, who has poured an immense amount of resources into the development of an entirely hypothetical coronavirus vaccine.
"And, while some people, like Bill Gates, may have a lot of money, his opinion and that of his NGO (the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) - namely, that life will not return to normal till people are widely vaccinated - should not be permitted to influence policy decisions on a coronavirus vaccination program."

Comment: The petition is available here.


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Coronavirus update: UK hospital closes A&E, no longer accepts new patients

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'We have taken the proactive step to temporarily stop accepting new patients to maintain patient and staff safety,' says hospital medical director.

An NHS hospital has been forced to close its accident and emergency department to new admissions as a result of high numbers of patients with the coronavirus. Weston General Hospital, in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, stopped accepting A&E patients at 8am on Monday morning.

The University Hospitals Bristol and Weston Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, said patients who needed care would be treated elsewhere in the local area. The trust has not said how many new patients with the virus have been admitted or whether the closure has followed a sudden surge in cases.

A statement on the trust website said:
"Weston General Hospital will temporarily stop accepting new patients, including into its A&E department, as of 8am today.

"This is a precautionary measure in order to maintain the safety of staff and patients in response to the high number of patients with coronavirus in the hospital."
The trust said the decision had been clinically led and supported by its local NHS commissioners.