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Media could ask Cummings about needless deaths & crashing economy. But their 'gotcha!' moment is a stupid car trip

Dominic Cummings
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Dominic Cummings
Top Boris Johnson adviser Dominic Cummings' apparent violation of lockdown rules has the UK media obsessed. But the way they have rushed for a piece of him is a showcase of a pack mentality with misplaced priorities.

Today in the UK, we 'celebrate' nine weeks of lockdown - a series of measures that has robbed us of great swathes of our long-held rights and left the economy on its knees. So what are the UK media currently in a feeding frenzy about? Whether a political adviser - not even an elected politician - did or did not bend or break those lockdown rules a few weeks ago. One thing the pandemic has done is brought into sharp relief the utter uselessness of the breed of fatuous gossip-mongers known as 'political correspondents.'

The established facts are these: a few days after the lockdown was announced on Monday, March 23, Dominic Cummings - Boris Johnson's most senior adviser - left London with his wife and four-year-old child to stay at a property on his parents' estate in County Durham, a journey of over 250 miles. His wife, journalist Mary Wakefield, had already become ill with Covid-19 and Cummings assumed he was likely to become ill soon, too.

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California church asks US Supreme Court to intervene in lockdown battle after Clinton, Obama judges strike down

California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
At issue is whether lockdown orders improperly fly in the face of the First Amendment.

The battle over the impact of coronavirus lockdown measures on Americans' religious observances has reached the Supreme Court as a Southern California church and its pastor made an emergency appeal for relief from executive orders issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Lawyers for the South Bay United Pentecostal Church and Bishop Arthur Hodges asked the justices to step in Sunday after a federal appeals court panel rejected a similar emergency application Friday.

The decision from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals came on the same day President Donald Trump publicly backed churches seeking to escape various stay-at-home orders in place across the country. Trump said he was ordering governors to exempt churches "right now" by declaring religious services to be essential, although he lacks any evident legal authority to impose his view on state officials.

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Spain revises coronavirus deaths due to double counting and other errors

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Members of the Spanish Emergency Military Unit (UME) wearing full personal protective equipments disinfect outside the Archaeological Museum amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Madrid, Spain May 25, 2020.
Spain's health ministry revised the country's coronavirus death toll down by nearly 2,000 to 26,834 on Monday after checking data provided by regions.

The total number of cases recorded since the outbreak began has also been revised down, and is now 235,400 — 372 fewer than on Sunday, it said.

Just 50 people died of the virus over the past week, it added, a marked fall from previous weeks.

Comment: Despite governments around the world continuing to enforce the lockdown in numerous ways, and even increasing the Orwellian measures, this is just the latest revision to the numbers reflecting the true nature of the virus - flu-like but less harmful, for the vast majority - and it further highlights the disastrous mistake the general public made by believing the government propaganda over their own lived experience:


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The public must lead us out of the lockdown

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The political elites have lost the plot over Covid-19. The people must take over.

There was a fascinating clip on the news last week. ITV was reporting from a crowded beach in Brighton. People were sunning themselves, chatting with friends, necking beers. All to the fury of lockdown fanatics, of course, who view these pleasure-seekers as selfish, unwitting murderers. 'You're killing people!', as the demented cry goes.

During ITV's report, a man holding a bottle of beer and mingling with his family said something really revealing: 'I know we're down here drinking beer... but if we carry on the way we're going, I think we're going to have a major lockdown in two weeks... and we're going to see a massive rise in deaths again.'

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Chicago sees deadliest Memorial Day weekend in years amid coronavirus lockdown

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Chicago saw its deadliest Memorial Day weekend in years this weekend, even though a coronavirus-related lockdown is still in effect and will continue to be in effect until the end of May.

Gun violence typically ticks up in the city as the weather warms up, and Memorial Day weekend is often the start of a brutal and violent summer, tinged with gang violence on Chicago's south and west sides. This year has been no exception; according to public television station WTTW, homicides and gun violence are on the upswing in the city, even though most of the city's recreational activities are shut down to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus and the city's residents are under a strict stay-at-home order.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Friday and Saturday of Memorial Day weekend saw 9 people killed and 27 more injured in a rash of gun violence.

Comment: Could it be that the lockdown is making people kinda squirrely?

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A man tried to attack North Carolina churchgoers with a knife. An officer took him down

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Church attendees in North Carolina on Sunday were shocked when a man wielding a knife disrupted their outdoor services.

Police were called to the scene and a sheriff's deputy shot and wounded the man, The New York Post reported.

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Investigators were trying to determine why the man, whose injuries didn't appear life-threatening, interrupted the service outside Oak Grove Baptist Church in Waxhaw, North Carolina, said Deputy Tony Underwood, a spokesman for the Union County Sheriff's Office.

Underwood said the man lives across the road from the church and, from a driveway about 200 yards (182 meters) from the outdoor service, had been shouting obscenities at congregation members on Sunday and on previous occasions. Investigators suspect the man was upset about the noise from the outdoor service, according to Underwood.

Comment: It seems entirely possible that the kook was upset that the churchgoers weren't practicing social distancing. It goes to show how dangerous lockdown fanatics actually are. People who believe their media and governments wholeheartedly are bound to be driven insane. We expect to see more of this type of thing in the future.

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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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'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'.