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Oh yes, I see it all she cried, as she waved her wooden leg

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One of my Dad’s favourite sayings.

And the memory is generated by this news from – of all places – the once famous, uselessly shallow (in my opinion), once sold-for-one-dollar, POS MSM source that is likely still trusted by those Who Believe.

Newsweek.

Specifically this article by one Kevin Ball, Ms MD/PhD student, Medical School:

As a medical student and researcher, I staunchly supported the efforts of the public health authorities when it came to COVID-19. I believed that the authorities responded to the largest public health crisis of our lives with compassion, diligence, and scientific expertise. I was with them when they called for lockdowns, vaccines, and boosters.

I was wrong. We in the scientific community were wrong. And it cost lives.

I can see now that the scientific community from the CDC to the WHO to the FDA and their representatives, repeatedly overstated the evidence and misled the public about its own views and policies, including on natural vs. artificial immunityschool closures and disease transmissionaerosol spreadmask mandates, and vaccine effectiveness and safety, especially among the young. All of these were scientific mistakes at the time, not in hindsight. Amazingly, some of these obfuscations continue to the present day.

But perhaps more important than any individual error was how inherently flawed the overall approach of the scientific community was, and continues to be. It was flawed in a way that undermined its efficacy and resulted in thousands if not millions of preventable deaths.

Read the whole thing. He’s more generous than I when it comes to motives, but that’s probably the result of observing how many of my fellow Kiwis were such utter pricks during the great Chinese Lung Rot Freakout.

Most of us did not speak up in support of alternative views, and many of us tried to suppress them. When strong scientific voices like world-renowned Stanford professors John Ioannidis, Jay Bhattacharya, and Scott Atlas, or University of California San Francisco professors Vinay Prasad and Monica Gandhi, sounded the alarm on behalf of vulnerable communities, they faced severe censure by relentless mobs of critics and detractors in the scientific community—often not on the basis of fact but solely on the basis of differences in scientific opinion.

Still, it’s nice to see at least some regrets beginning to creep into the True Believers. He even seems to get the fundamental philosophical aspects beyond the technocratic debates:

Our emotional response and ingrained partisanship prevented us from seeing the full impact of our actions on the people we are supposed to serve. We systematically minimized the downsides of the interventions we imposed—imposed without the input, consent, and recognition of those forced to live with them. In so doing, we violated the autonomy of those who would be most negatively impacted by our policies: the poor, the working class, small business owners, Blacks and Latinos, and children. These populations were overlooked because they were made invisible to us by their systematic exclusion from the dominant, corporatized media machine that presumed omniscience.

That phrase, presumed omniscience. Tell Ms Day-Weaver.

Reminds me of this woman, a teacher with science degrees, who got red-pilled.

But at least her 14 year old son survived his myocarditis.

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Protests and Short-Term Memory Loss

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Or maybe it’s Long-Term, given that we see the same double standard approach repeated many times for protests on different issues.

As I documented here in Protests (Good and Bad), contrasting the glowing MSM coverage of protests around the world against by Climate Change activists against fossil-fuel burning cars and power stations, versus the minimal or non-existent (and definitely non-approving) coverage of people protesting against their lives being made miserable by power and heating cuts (or massive cost increases in energy, which amount to the same thing).

The only thing that might defeat this endless application of double standards might be political defeat at the polls for the politicians involved:

But given that we’re often talking about NGO’s and other activist groups, failure at the polls for their causes likely won’t work: it certainly has not so far. As far as they’re concerned the focal point is the MSM and as long as they continue to indulge in double standards then this farce will continue. When it comes to Chinese Lung Rot of course, the sad truth is that a lot of ordinary citizens are fully invested in hypocrisy, double standards, and doublethink.

Or just outright rationalisation.

I hope we don’t get sick

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The last time I was in hospital was to be in attendance for my youngest son having his appendix removed.

I’ve actually never been in hospital for anything myself; no sickness, no disease, not even any broken bones or dislocated shoulders or …. well anything.

I’ve been remarkably lucky considering years of farm work, tramping, rugby, hunting and fishing and so forth.

After reading this story I’m hoping that my luck holds, ‘Beyond crisis’: A Wellington woman’s harrowing ED ordeal:

“I rang my bell a couple of times and just said look, I’m really haemorrhaging here you need to check and I felt like I was lying in a pool of blood and really wasn’t being taken that seriously until they tried to give me something to stop the bleeding and I crashed – I literally said to them that I could feel myself going.” 

The woman at the heart of the story is one Emma-Kate Woodham, who has a congenital heart condition and founded the Brain Garden Trust to help people also living with long-term health conditions, so she’s familiar with hospitals. In this case she turned up with very bad vaginal bleeding.

But as close as she came to dying it’s the following passages that caught my eye:

“I saw the charge nurse repeatedly on the phone just pleading for more staff. They didn’t have enough nurses. She kept saying our nurses are going in half an hour and we don’t have anybody to replace them. My nurse stayed an extra two hours and she had no breaks to make sure I had care.” 

The system is basically being held together by doctors and nurses going beyond their limits, which is dangerous in itself:

“It’s worse than a crisis … it’s beyond crisis. Every single person including my surgeon, every nurse I came into contact with – they are at breaking point. Some of the nurses are scared to come in because they’re just so overtired. Mistakes have been made. Well-being’s down, they’re not getting enough time off, some of them are going straight back the next morning to cover. 

“Honestly the only reason I think I’m here is because the nurses and surgeons and doctors just care so much. They put their own needs and mental health well below their patients’.”

Then there’s this story about an Australian GP who came to NZ twelve years ago and works in the Huut Valley suburbs, This GP is signing out:

The health system is fundamentally broken and I can’t see how it is going to be fixed. Patients who need to be managed in secondary care aren’t, instead being pushed back into primary care. Patients going to Emergency are not getting the imaging they require on presentation; they are given pain relief and told to see their GP in the morning and get referred for an ultrasound. 

Seeing terms like “crisis” and “fundamentally broken” is par for the course when it comes to the MSM, so I dismiss it as the hysterical clickbait that it is. But these are not journalists but people in the belly of the beast:

One Friday evening at 5.30 I logged out of the patient management system. By Saturday afternoon when I logged back in I had 105 inbox documents waiting to be checked. Dinner table conversation is taken up with stories of patients I can’t help. Sometimes I can share a win, however those are getting fewer by the week. My 14 year old son says I look tired, and work too much. He says outright he will never be a doctor.

I have sold my house and put in my notice. I fly back to Australia on Boxing Day. I have a new job lined up – it really wasn’t hard to find one. GPs are just as scarce as they are here. The Australian system is different. It has its pros and cons. All I know is that I can’t stay here.

The New Zealand health system is broken, and it has broken me.

I’m not prone to hysteria or hyperbole either, as I’ve lived through a few “crisis” in my time in NZ and overseas, and they never seemed to be as bad in hindsight as they were portrayed at the time.

But in reading all this I have to say that I have very low expectations for the future of me and my kids in NZ.

Written by Tom Hunter

December 7, 2022 at 7:29 am

In My Time of Dying

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From beauty to horror. Rumour has it that 82-year old Nancy Pelosi is not going to step aside as Democrat House leader even if they lose control of the House.

She’s probably inspired by the election of Senator Fetterman. Electing two vegetables in succession probably means Nancy can stay even as a corpse

Sure, you’ll never embarrass a Democrat by pointing at them and charging them with hypocrisy and double standards – but as Ron DeSantis knows, even if they don’t care, others will

Just a reminder that simply because the Democrats didn’t do as badly as expected that doesn’t mean that the knives won’t be out for Biden as 2024 approaches. Taylor Lorenz is a truly horrible POS “journalist” with her doxxing and crybully tactics, but to see that toxicity turned on Biden is not unenjoyable.

Further fallout from the Branch Covidian revolution as the backlash continues to calls for a “Pandemic Amnesty”

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Written by Tom Hunter

November 16, 2022 at 11:03 am

What does repentance look like?

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I thought about this the other day after putting up the post, NO! I want justice, apologies – and a measure of revenge, which was a response to the call in The Atlantic magazine by a New York professor for “Pandemic Amnesty” for all those people who got it wrong on lockdowns, masks and vaccines.

The act of forgiveness lies at the core of the Roman Catholic church, all that confession stuff with a priest. It’s what differentiated it from every other religion at the time, whether Roman or Jewish. Sins could be forgiven, rather than just being a mark that you carried forever and saw you shunned from society – or worse.

Funnily enough that’s exactly what the Woke cult is all about right now. You make one slip up with that crowd, even if it’s from years earlier when you’re a stupid teenager, and you’re socially dead. No mercy and no forgiveness from them.

But in the RC the act of forgiveness is not some squishy, hippy approach where you just give the evildoer a big hug, tell him it’s okay and send her on her way.

No, the act of forgiveness requires also the act of repentance on the part of the sinner who must review their actions, examine their conscience, feel contrition or regret for the past wrongs committed – and all this with a commitment to improve by vowing not to commit those wrongs again, and following through on that vow.

Of course it’s not perfect. Nothing is. The question is whether the sign above in the Melbourne cafe window falls into that category? I mean it’s nice to see and all, but what are the odds that – knowing what they now know about how they were manipulated and “coerced” – they would not do this again?

Frankly I don’t think the British are in any position to make these criticisms of us and Canada, given that they pulled all the same shit, if not for as long, but that last is not much to hang your argument on.

Written by Tom Hunter

November 11, 2022 at 9:05 am

Sweden was right

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It turns out all the panic mongers were wrong. Lockdowns etc worked worse than the Swedish approach, even without taking into account all the long term damage to life expectancy, educational outcomes, economic prosperity that the authoritarian states incurred.

As of reporting date June 19th 2022, of all the countries analysed by the OECD, Sweden has the lowest overall cumulative excess deaths tally.

And New Zealand took all that pain for long term damage rather than gain.

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November 9, 2022 at 8:03 am

NO! I want justice, apologies – and a measure of revenge

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“We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin. And your refusal has cost all of us.” 

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What America needs is not pandemic amnesty. It needs accountability. The politicians and leaders who employed the measures that resulted in these tragedies need to face consequences, full stop. We can’t get to forgiveness if there is no accountability and repentance.

But folks like Oster know this is not going to happen. The people she supported in their efforts to use the pandemic to get the state more involved in our lives will never meet justice. Indeed, the only evil people in this equation are people who expressed opinions with which she disagreed. In the end, her piece was nothing more than a pretty way of saying: “It happened. Get over it.”

I also want some solid rules put in place via legislation that will mean our society will never, ever again pull this shit. But that’s probably being too hopeful since the future can only be mildly influenced and in any case I thought we already did have barriers in place via our now-laughable Bill of Rights.

No, I think some measure of punishment in the form of a loss of power and job prospects for the likes of Baker, Wiles and the other “scientific” fanatics who pushed the lockdowns, the masks and the vaccine mandates, will likely have a more powerful effect than rules, for it will instruct future little fanatics that there will be a price to pay personally if they go too far in their fanaticism. That’s what I mean by “revenge”.

Emily Oster is a Brown University economist and supposed “parenting guru”, and she has just written an article in The Atlantic which basically says that all these things were just honest mistakes and anybody else would have messed up. Of course you can see why that’s so appealing to our political class, which went along with almost 100%, especially in NZ, Britain and much of the West. The only real Western pushback came in the USA, and those politicians are now starting to reap the rewards. Regrettably there are others also reaping the rewards who do not deserve to do so.

From what I can see on screenshots of her Twitter timeline she spent the first months of the pandemic being absolutely terrified of the virus until school closures began to hurt her own kids. She then started to come on as a kind of “lockdown moderate”, opposing the worst of the hysteria but also constantly validating the underlying assumptions that made them possible – probably so she could retain relationships with her friends and colleagues.

April 2020, with nothing else to do, my family took an enormous number of hikes. We all wore cloth masks that I had made myself. We had a family hand signal, which the person in the front would use if someone was approaching on the trail and we needed to put on our masks.  Once, when another child got too close to my then-4-year-old son on a bridge, he yelled at her “SOCIAL DISTANCING!”

These precautions were totally misguided. In April 2020, no one got the coronavirus from passing someone else hiking. Outdoor transmission was vanishingly rare. Our cloth masks made out of old bandanas wouldn’t have done anything, anyway. But the thing is: We didn’t know.

Fucking bullshit! We did know.

It’s not like respiratory viruses, the Flu, were unknown. They’d been studied for more than a hundred years and the lessons and instructions on how to deal with them had been written into the Public Healthcare plans of dozens of Western countries, including our own MOH Influenza Pandemic Plan (2nd edition, 2017), and they did not include the concepts of Lockdowns, mask mandates or vaccine mandates.

Rishi Sunak has said the government gave too much power to scientists during Covid lockdowns – and was not honest about the potential downsides.

The Tory leadership contender and former chancellor told the Spectator ministers were banned from talking about the “trade-offs” involved… he said the negative impacts of lockdowns on society were “never part” of internal discussions, adding meetings were “literally me around that table, just fighting”. Ministers were also told not to discuss the potential downsides in interviews, he added.

“The script was not to ever acknowledge them. The script was: ‘Oh there’s no trade-off, because doing this for our health is good for the economy.'”

Rishi Sunak – British Prime Minister

Yeah Rishi. We noticed. I guess nobody in the Tory cabinet saw that graphic above! I was not impressed to see in that Spectator article that former No 10 aide Dominic Cummings said that Sunak was talking “dangerous rubbish” and that the interview “reads like a man whose epicly bad campaign has melted his brain and he’s about to quit politics”.

Obviously Mr Cummings still thinks that such intimidation and name-calling works. It certainly did for the lockdown-mask fanatics for about two years. What assholes they are.

“We” – or at least a fair number of people, including some world-leading epidemiologists (world-leading until Fauci and company went on a sliming mission against them) – knew all this from the start in early 2020. We were not ignorant and we were not hysterical in responding to the Chinese Lung Rot Pandemic. But all that calm, measured, rationality got buried by the propaganda cry of “Let it rip” (a phrase it turns out that Fauci and company crafted in emails behind the scenes to denigrate his far more expert scientific opponents).

Stefan Baral, an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins with 350 publications to his name, submitted a critique of lockdowns to more than ten journals and finally gave up—“the first time in my career that I could not get a piece placed anywhere,”

See also:

The Covid-19 Royal Commission

Lockdowns don’t work. What does? (April, 2020)

Visible Death vs. Invisible Death

Lockdowns: a nightmare of imagination

Everything in the Lockdown, nothing outside the Lockdown, nothing against the Lockdown.

New Zealand is more frightened than Britain

Failed solutions, Moral Cruelty and Advertising

“The dark night of…

Double Standards & Changing Narratives

The British Lockdown (May 2020 where opposing opinions were already quashed)


Written by Tom Hunter

November 1, 2022 at 3:37 pm

Covid Ghoul Comes Out to Play

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As we head into Halloween, and the coming lapse of the Government’s Emergency Powers, the Covid Ghoul of the last two and half years has re-emerged with the same siren call to wanting the powers to paralyse everyone with masks and restrictions.

‘We need that leadership’ – Baker calls for return to Covid alert level system | RNZ

What I do think we need is that we have a system that when the risk of infection rises we have the equivalent of an alert level system that describes the level of risk in a way that people really understand.

We have alert level systems for fires, for earthquakes, for all these other threats. I think we need one again for the pandemic.

Michael Baker

You’d think Michael Baker would realise that in a sane world his time should be over. No one wants to hear about Covid Alert Systems and all the horrors that would bring. We can’t live like this forever.

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Written by Lucia Maria

October 14, 2022 at 11:00 am

Ardern government’s authoritarianism reaches new high (or low)

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The news this morning that the police manipulated stolen vehicle reporting data to illegally and unlawfully access private tracking and tracing systems should worry all of us, at least those of us who still value individual liberty, freedom and the rule of law. If you’re an Establishment type, then I guess the means justifies the ends. If you’re that person, then perhaps you should stop reading from hereon.

To recap: This story outlines the background of a woman, or women, who was/were granted exemptions to travel to Northland during the Delta outbreak last year. Essentially, as Granny outlined in October last year:

Northland will move to level 3 tonight after a woman used false information to obtain travel documents and spent several days in the region.

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said the confirmed case travelled from Auckland to Northland and had been to several places, warranting the change.

And it’s believed she was travelling with another woman who authorities have yet to locate.

A reporter at a hastily arranged press conference said they had been told the woman is a sex worker but Hipkins said he could not confirm that – he had not been briefed that was the case.

He said he was incredibly disappointed at the events which have led to Northland being placed into level 3.

“Updated information provided by the police today shows the case moved extensively around Northland after travelling there on October 2,” Hipkins said.

A manhunt commenced, these outlaws were guilty of being unhealthy and forging documents to spread their diseases! Off with their head.

But the truth shall prevail.

Documents that were meant to be declined were mistakenly approved.

The case of three women who travelled from Auckland to Northland hit headlines in October 2021 in the midst of a Delta outbreak – but new documents released under the Official Information Act finally outline the truth behind the saga, and the reason Northland was put into lockdown.

The OIA papers show the women – who had earlier been blamed for using “false information” to get travel permits – had no links to gangs and weren’t sex workers, as had been suggested.

Among the documents released is a summary of a police investigation into the women which found “no offence” and no “deception” in obtaining the travel documents.

So not only no offence, but no false information given, with the travel permit being issued in error. But the story gets worse. It turns out the police, in their valiant attempt at tracking down two dirty, unhealthy, disease-ridden citizens accessed private CCTV footage by, well, lying:

Police falsely reported cars as stolen to gain access to powerful databases that record number plates when hunting for the women whose travel sparked the Northland Covid-19 lockdown last October.

Detectives identified the cars associated with the women then listed the vehicles as stolen which opened access to Automatic Number Plate Recognition systems operated by two private-sector companies with a massive network of CCTV cameras.

Those companies – Auror and Safer Cities – operate cameras across petrol stations, shopping malls, big box stores, supermarkets and other shared public spaces.

A lawyer says revelations that police falsely reported a car stolen to gain access to private companies’ CCTV camera networks could undermine trust and cause information holders to question whether future requests from police were legitimate and lawful.

I literally have no words. This is nothing short of egregious and despicable. Not only have the police, aka the State, accessed private data unlawfully, they did so for basically a couple of women who not only had done nothing wrong, but were just a bit sick from a virus.

As readers will know, I have been utterly dismayed and disgusted by this country’s digressions from the rule of law during Covid. It is the most disheartening episode I can recall in my 50-odd years of living. The police march on the parliamentary protestors was the darkest day in this country’s history since the Springbok tour, all of it backed by both Ardern and Luxon. As far as I’m concerned, they’re both plagues on this country’s health, more that Covid ever was. And this revelation about the actions of the police is just icing on the cake, or rather, another very sour pill to swallow.

Written by Nick K

September 27, 2022 at 7:25 pm

Governed by Hypochondriacs

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I think we’ve all known a hypochondriac in our lives; a person “excessively and unduly worried about having a serious illness”, to quote Wiki.

I’ve not looked to see if there have been any studies of hypochondria in the modern era but given how easy the Interwebby makes it for such people to go searching up all the details of a disease I have to think that the numbers of them are greater than they ever used to be.

Or perhaps the number has always been some roughly unchanging percentage but in the past they were restricted in their obviousness by both difficulty of research and the limitations of communications technology that allows them to broadcast their psychosis to the entire human population.

Whatever the answers to those questions there’s no doubt that the Great Chinese Lung Rot pandemic of 2020-2022 has given them all the angst they could possibly want.

That photo above is from the Twitter account of one Laura Miers in the USA. Yes, that is how she chooses to present herself to the world. More information:

Pro-Kindness/Compassion/Love. Wealth inequality will destroy us. Ex-Texan, Global citizen. Law, Medicine, Sustainability, Languages. LongCovid

New York, USA

Ex-Texan? But of course. Law and medicine? Sheeeiiit.

Her demands are simple and that is that society must never be allowed to return to normalcy. Instead all must be compelled by government to live inside the plastic bubble that she so obviously loves living in. Think I’m joking? Look at some of her stuff.

One of my kids is begging to return to in-person school, and I am nearing surrender. I am so tired of living like this. I guess I am willing to die so he can get an education, I don’t know. I don’t have any other options. Nothing is ever going to change. I hate this country.

She’s an insane depressive who engages in catastrophic thinking. I feel so sorry for her kid who is desperate to return to a normal kid’s life but is being tied down by a mother who thinks she’ll die if he does. And she hates her country because if there weren’t other normal people out there enjoying freedom then she’d be happy.

People like this are essential to Socialism.

People are vastly underestimating how much trauma First Wavers are carrying around. Our (top-rated) school district is like “LOL – Covid is over & Monkeypox is for the gays,” & I’m supposed to be like “Yes, this is a safe environment for my child. Everyone else is doing it!”

By “First Wavers” I’m guessing she means that she caught the Alpha version in 2020, but apparently all her reading has not led her to the century-plus old, fundamental medical fact that in doing so she achieved natural immunity. She apparently thinks that if she catches C-19 again she’ll die – or at least get very sick.

More on her poor, bloody kids:

Unfortunately, I can’t stop thinking about how I was treated by the district in 2020, while appropriately responding to a very real threat. We’ve been doing online school ever since. I was the first in the school to take my kids out.

I have no doubt she is speaking the truth here. Then there’s the lack of irony – always a key indicator with “thinkers” like this:

The “campaign to return to normal” relied heavily on gaslighting conscientious people to such an extent, they cave. Everywhere I go (in my “blue state”) I’m reminded I’m not welcome unless I conform. People are hostile & aggressive unless you unmask & worship Covid & Capitalism.

Unless I conform, which is terrible. Well yes, yes it is – you fucking controlling bitch. I remember many of your species trying to force everyone else to conform to “social distancing”, being locked inside our houses, not going to the beach or parks, wearing masks in shops and outdoors, and ultimately getting “vaccinated” with something that is more accurately defined as a therapeutic treatmentand succeeding through massive social pressure, relentless MSM propaganda, threats of job loss and even the fucking Police.

You piece of shit. And now you have the Sadz because you feel like a freak wearing your Mouth Burka when no one else is wearing one?

This woman needs a psychiatrist, like almost every hardcore AWFL (Affluent White Female Liberal) Democrat woman does.

But don’t laugh too much at her. You’re also looking at the perfect Jacinda-voter here in New Zealand, and god forbid any National Party supporter or politician who says so, because the comeback will be that such is misogyny – and they can’t have that if they’re going to win in 2023.

BTW, a similar fanatic with much greater reach, Super Mask+Lockdown+Vax Nazi, Leana Wen of CNN, is now having second thoughts, at least on one thing:

Masking has harmed our son’s language development, and limiting both kids’ extracurriculars and social interactions would negatively affect their childhood and hinder my and my husband’s ability to work.

And guess what sports fans? That has now resulted in her being dumped in the shit by the hysterical hens like Laura Miers that she once agitated into a pecking frenzy:

But no political epiphany goes unpunished. And now more than 600 activists are demanding that the American Public Health Association cancel her as a panelist at a conference this autumn… Her opponents accuse her of promoting “unscientific, unsafe, ableist, fatphobic, and unethical practices.”

Dr. Wen’s positions “assumed a capacity for personal responsibility that was not available to vast swaths of the population,” Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation epidemiologist David Swedler told Inside Higher Ed.

He captures the mindset of the public-health ruling class: People are too stupid or selfish to be allowed to make their own choices.

The whole pandemic in a nutshell. You love to see it.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 10, 2022 at 6:00 am