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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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Kaufman Institute for Coincidence

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Enjoying the rain in the North Island?

There’s plenty more to come so you may as well sit back on this gloomy Sunday and put a smile on your face by watching the following.

Even though it’s satire I’m amazed that Youtube let it stay,

Written by Tom Hunter

January 29, 2023 at 1:33 pm

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Jacinda’s inflection point?

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There is good and bad luck in politics, and good luck for a leader is when their strengths perfectly fit the circumstances.

In Jacinda’s case it was her empathy – or at least her perceived empathy (perceived because I don’t know her personally and I’m aware of the fake personas usually adopted by politicians) – that fit perfectly with the 2019 mass shooting and then the C-19 pandemic.

In his TV series, A History of Britain, Simon Schama said the following of Winston Churchill in 1940:

The qualities which made him so impossible – his pig-headed obstinacy, his low boiling point, his romantic belief in British history – were now, in the black days of May, exactly what the country needed.

Something even Labour voters appreciated at the time. But in 1945 those were not the qualities needed and so he and his Tory Party got booted in a landslide.

I see something similar here with Ardern, when it came to actually getting things done, and I think she knew it too, as did others like “Bomber” Bradbury and Chris Trotter:

She never appeared to grasp that announcing policy is not the same as implementing it. Press releases do not build houses. Speeches do not end poverty. In the end, it was Jacinda’s constant failure to deliver that made it impossible for her to go on.

If you say “Let’s do this!”, then, Dear God, you have to do it!

But even with the empathy super power I think it began to turn against her with the announcement of the vaccine mandates. Not only had she said a little earlier that there would be no such thing, there was no empathy this time as there had been during the lockdowns. Not even a grim, reluctant admission that this was a terrible breach of civil liberties but something she felt necessary to do. Even in disagreeing with her, I would have appreciated that she at least saw the dangers.

Instead we got the breezy, almost amused, announcement that one class of citizens would have rights that others did not as a way of coercing people: the now infamous, “That is what it is.. so …Yep. Yep”. Even the reporter asking her had not expected that: in fact he hesitatingly suggests that she won’t agree with his take on creating two classes of people:

Polling is not conducted frequently enough for us to ever know if that was the inflection point of her popularity vs unpopularity, and of course she was by then nowhere near as popular as she had been in 2020. But that was more a gradual slide and since empathy was her main power it should surely have been significant in the eyes of the citizens when it was so noticeably absent at the very moment when it was most needed. As I said in this post in December 2021:

Politicians rise and fall, and it’s surprising how often in history you find that the things they won on are the very things that kill their careers in the end.

And among many things she did that should not be forgotten….

Written by Tom Hunter

January 20, 2023 at 12:32 pm

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

No, Sorry just will not be enough

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Outrageous, look at the spike. These people need to pay for the damage they have caused. According to the article they never tested any impact on pregnancy. We have been subject to mass formation psychosis. Note that it is a record of events reported to the Vaccine Adverse events database established in 1990, not a total of all miscarriages.

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November 3, 2022 at 7:25 pm

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.” 

Source:

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

Bandwagon Fallacy regarding the Safety of You Know What

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Using logical thinking is an effective way of solving problems and rooting out untruths. Unfortunately, logic can be replaced in many instances with repeated phraseology that has been absorbed and memorised for quick regurgitation without thought, such as arguments using the Bandwagon Fallacy:

  1. X is popular.
  2. Popular things are always true (unstated).
  3. Therefore, X is true.
Bandwagon Fallacy: Why the Majority Isn’t Necessarily Right

Here is the Bandwagon Fallacy argument used to justify the safety of The Shots:

  1. 11 million + shots have been given to people in NZ.
  2. Popular things are always safe (unstated).
  3. Therefore, the shots are safe.

Implied in this fallacy is the idea that if the shots were not safe, then people would be seeing the effects in those around them, that damage would be widespread and noticeable. However, ironically the argument is then used against anyone who says the shots are not safe because they know someone who was injured, or were injured themselves. That person is just an exception, they say; or even worse, that person should not be able to tell their story, so as to not cause “vaccine hesitancy” in others.

Here’s a variation of the bandwagon fallacy used as justification for the safety of the shots for children. This was very soon after their approval for use in NZ, before that many had actually been given out. Because multiple countries have approved the shots for children, and because the US has approved and rolled out “millions of doses” (notice how the approval and rollout number is added up?), then by implication in the linked article, it is safe for children.

“The United States has approved and rolled out millions of doses in this age group, and other countries including Australia, Canada and Israel, as well as the European Union, have authorised its use in children aged 5-11 years,” Mackay said.

Covid-19: Parents launch legal action over vaccine roll-out for 5 to 11-year-olds | Stuff | 18 January, 2022

Now, I’m not saying that the shots are not safe because it appears that the Bandwagon argument has been used to justify their safety by various commentators. What I am saying is that by itself, using the justification of numbers is not enough to prove safety. What I am also saying is that this justification is commonly used, almost as a mantra, by many apologists who seek to calm the fears of those who believe the shots are not safe. Keep an ear and eye out for this argument, and how it is used.

However, if numbers matter in terms of justifying safety, what numbers would justify the inverse – the danger that the shots might pose? Whatever that number is, we have not hit it in New Zealand, yet. Even though many people now know or suspect they know, vaccine injured or dead, whether recognised by the authorities or not, those numbers are still not enough to rouse any of the authorities to action.

In terms of what the Government could do to assuage fears of lack of safety, if indeed the shots are actually safe, is maybe publish more data. For example, the death data, linked to dates of vaccination could be a great place to start. Publish the raw data with the names redacted; and include the date of birth, date of death, and dates of vaccination. It would be a quick and easy way to calm the fears down around the shots potentially being implicated in people’s deaths. Don’t hide this data behind the experts, give it to us to study for complete transparency. Without something like this, trust is so eroded that very much nothing less will satisfy critics, such as myself.

Well, I was trying to keep this post focused, but as usual I tend to bring more into my posts, which make them longer than I intend them to be. So, I will end with a final, related point that Rowan Dean of Sky News Australia made recently: Govt has done ‘very little’ to assuage vaccine fears.

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October 12, 2022 at 11:06 am

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ACT IN HASTE, REPENT AT LEISURE,

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Only it was never actioned in haste and little of leisure about the repenting phase.

After some serious pressure from medics who now have a seriously diminished level of respect from this old bastard, I eventually became a part of “The Great Pfizer experiment”, up to the third assault.
Swmbo has some challenges and we are in a concentrated contact series with some heavy hitters around neurology and general medicine that had nothing by way of any alternative options apart from compliance with the mass medication experiment.
Even a serious degradation of mobility two weeks after the initial stabbing was met with a veritable wall of unanimity with nothing by way of departure from the script in totally rejecting any possible connection of the dramatic decline from easily walking two Kms to struggling to get out of bed with assistance, and The Great Pfizer Experiment. A rather unusual refusal to even discuss such a scenario from people normally intent on allowing discussion on matters that have over a decade of cooperation involved many hours of research assistance from both of us with the New Zealand Brain Research Clinic.

Now with the ever growing list, admittedly mostly conjecture and anecdotal, of so far unacknowledged side effects from a small number of the “Vaccinated” from various unexpected outcomes around cancer remission failures, heart conditions, a what some are suggesting a blip in statistical numbers of sudden adult deaths, that very few of the medically trained seem to have any desire to see investigated.

Almost every one who is not enamoured of the freakish over reactions from those who reject any notion that their power to rule us is anything to do with the power of the people who elected them, it is not difficult to get a case of strange and even inexplicable decline for an otherwise apparently healthy person that manifested in the death of a thirty something fit and healthy male plumber, currently the subject of a Coroners Inquiry in Dunedin , in casual conversations

What have we done is a recurring fact of conversation, particularly all those of advanced years who had watched the Thalidomide disaster that resulted in what many medics jumped into with alacrity to solve an age old problem of hyperemesis gravidarum, commonly termed “Morning Sickness”, that can occur for a pregnant woman at any time of day, and can lead to serious problems for both mother to be and the foetus. With our two children it was quite a problem for Swmbo, in the case of number two saw Mother to be, in hospital on a drip to solve an issue of malnourishment at one stage of that pregnancy. We never became aware of the T drug, looking back a blessing, as things were quite problematic at times.
Our simple management involved a plate of porridge with milk and sugar that hit the porcelain PDQ then a cooked breakfast that was mostly able to be retained. We were somewhat fortunate in that is really was a “morning sickness thing” the rest of the days mostly only milder nausea, as an ongoing problem.

The thalidomide disaster as it became infamously termed, came to a climax some eleven years after its launch as a sedative, cheap and over the counter, gaining some popularity as an antiemetic useful as a counter to morning sickness, subsequently linked as largely manifesting in birth defects in an estimated in excess of ten thousand children along with increasing spontaneously aborted foetus incidents, leading to widespread withdrawal from the market and initiating a much more rigorous investigative process for all new drugs before launch.

My suspicions around the mRNA inoculations were initially raised by factors around the rushed launch of mRNA answers to the Virus that I believe escaped either inadvertently or deliberately from the Wuhan Laboratory where virus research was conducted, along with “Gain of Function” aspects with active involvement of Anthony Fauci and US funding.
An early red flag for the drug therapy answer came with the very short time frame following the world wide “Pandemic” associated with Covid 19 between its discovery and the launch of the Pfizer solution.
Then there were some unusual protections legislated for the use of the solution that gave Pfizer an immunity from legal repercussions from the administration of their solution.
Further protections came from the locking up of associated data for seventy years, from discovery.
A still largely secret Contract with Governments over the supply of the inoculant.
Further to initial uses to give a claimed protection against the worst effects from an infection for the older and medically compromised leading to pneumonia was extended progressively into younger and healthy citizens eventually reaching into stabbing the very young with their still embryonic and developing immune systems did nothing to assuage my concerns leading to the decision to end any further participation in “The Great Experiment”.
Another departure from my inbuilt reservations was the involving of women of childbearing age, in particular those actually carrying a developing baby.

My current attitude to the growing clamour for a full inquiry in all aspects of governmental administration of what appears to be an extremely problematic involvement of medically inept political involvement by the leaders of the government and their proven doubtfully equipped advisors should be left to a subsequent administration as I just cannot trust the duplicitous bastards to conduct anything other than a whitewash to ensure the gross errors and dumbarse decisions made, are never given the demanding scrutiny they deserve, beginning right back when the entire “Pandemic Response Plan” in existence was binned to allow the political advantages of the management by a group of ideological driven neanderthals intent on wringing every last drop of advantage out of the whole charade.
Any such commission of inquiry should IMEHO be empowered with an ability to sanction anyone who is proven to have culpably ignored reasonable available information in perpetrating what I consider to have involved wilful disregard for previously held standards of responsible medical process.

Any body in any form of legislative coercion wanting me to be further involved in this mass manipulation of isolating, nappy face covering, mandated substance abuse, or any other social engineering will be met with a refusal to cooperate, beginning with a polite decline then moving to overt and increasingly obstructive behaviours.

My Body, my reason, my freedoms, my choice, end of! just get out of management of my options and do not prevent me accessing any information I deem necessary to enable informed consent and personal decision making.

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September 15, 2022 at 1:21 pm

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