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Monkeypox (a modest proposal)

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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.”H.L. Mencken

It’s here. The Next Big Thing to Scare the Shit Out Of You – and hopefully make you do what your masters want.

The WHO has proclaimed Monkeypox a global health emergency.

But there’s two twists to this that is going to prevent a repeat of the Chinese Lung Rot panic.

First, it’s not lethal, although it can be very painful. Second…

A major study in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that Monkeypox is being driven overwhelmingly by sex between men.

Yes folks, the disease is confined to gay guys to the tune of 95% of the victims to date being gay males. But not just any gay guys; we’re not talking about the two dads at home with the kids.

No, specifically, gay men who have lots of sex, usually anonymous sex or sex with randos or group sex or orgies: high-volume hyperpromiscuous sex of the kind practiced nigh-exclusively by gay men and paid prostitutes. It’s not actually a sexually transmitted disease, but it does require a lot of skin contact with multiple people, as shown by these excerpts from one BabethePigBoi, who’d been feeling very trapped by the Chinese Lung Rot:

So I finally got back into the swing of things and attended a friends birthday orgy Saturday the 9th.

As you do.

It was a great time, I think I came into sexual content with somewhere in the ballpark of 15-20 different men…So I made the educated risk to attend [another] orgy on Thursday… So I attend the orgy, have a great time. [Deleted.] I think I had sexual contact with around 15 men, similar to the orgy on Saturday. Had a great time, [Deleted.]… On Friday I had a few quick hookups with local guys, 3 total, and on Saturday I have a fourway [Deleted.] 

A busy boy and so naturally he caught the disease.

Tracing it back it’s pretty clear I had my exposure at the Thursday orgy with all the out-of-towners, the timing works out exactly right.

Oh you mean the super-spreader event with the out-of-towers who then traveled back to their home cities to spread it to more people via more orgies through their local orgy scenes.

Now I seem to remember that in the time of General Tso’s Sickness, the government was also very aggressive about pushing non-medicinal interventions, like forbidding certain behaviors as well as outlawing groups larger than ten getting together for any reason at all.

So I have a modest proposal – modest because I’m inspired by Scientists like Professor Neil Ferguson, Dr Fauci, Dr Birx, Prof Baker and Souxie Wiles, among many others.

Why don’t we just ban male homosexual group sex – just for two weeks.

You know, just “to Flatten the Curve” or perhaps longer “to Slow the Spread”. Perhaps a strongly worded CDC advisory telling anyone with monkeypox symptoms to refrain from sex, especially from orgies, would be helpful, no? In fact we can follow the plan of Dr Deborah Birx, where we ban briefly and then use that time to get the ban extended:

“Fifteen Days to Slow the Spread was a start, but I knew it would be just that. I didn’t have the numbers in front of me yet to make the case for extending it longer, but I had two weeks to get them. 

Of course, such regulations screw with your liberty – but Global Health Experts have established beyond question these last two years that liberty can and should be sacrificed whenever the WHO declares a global health emergency. So it would be absurd for those who guided us through the last pandemic not to enact this modest proposal for handling this one.

When I included the following cartoon in a post on some Ardern spiel (Great Leader Glorious Announcement Day), I did not think that one of the cartoons would be so appropriate.

As you imagine this is not going to happen. There are no advisories from the CDC telling gay men to cool it with the orgies and anonymous sex. No stern warnings to – well, not even go celibate, but just pick one sexual partner for the duration of the pandemic and be monogamous temporarily.

And the reason there are no warnings, let alone prohibitions, is that the left’s constituent groups are never told to stop doing the things they like doing – like Black Lives Matter protests; you did know that you can gather in closely-packed mobs to riot while everyone else is locked down because “The ScienceTM” says The Ghost of St. George Floyd protects you, yes?

If there’s a forbiddance needed, then all of society must lock down. There will be no such warnings, until monkeypox spreads more and then they will tell us we all have to avoid congregating in groups and the gyms and churches and schools are now closed. Just like the 2020 rioting, this is an activity beloved by part of the leftist coalition and therefore “The ScienceTM has determined it has Special Value which outweighs the public health. Orgies are obviously super-spreader events but the CDC won’t say a thing about them. Motorcycle rallies are bad, gay orgies are good.

You can trust the government politician-scientists, guys, The Politician-Scientists are all about “The ScienceTM,” and totally not about appeasing different political blocs. And as that cartoon above points out, it is the politics, just as it was with HIV/AIDS, and Leftist luvvies Mother Jones is on the case:

Berenson] then goes on to argue that monkeypox is strictly a disease of gay men. “Are you a gay man who likes sex with lots of other gay men?” he wrote. “Maybe in a bathhouse? Maybe names optional? Maybe with a meth bump on the side? No? Are you sure?… Okay. Don’t worry about the monkeypox thing then.”

With those two points–a supposedly overblown illness plus some homophobia–Berenson did what anti-vaccine activists do best. He managed to build upon his previous talking points and pivot to the current news cycle, neatly weaving the latest headlines into a grand conspiracy theory with necessary villains and egregious profiteering.

The MIT Technology Review agrees that the statistics are just homophobia with decimal points.

The job is being made harder by false, often homophobic theories that are spreading on all major social media platforms, according to research carried out for MIT Technology Review by the Center for Countering Digital Hate. These false claims are making it harder to convince the public that monkeypox can affect everyone, and they could dissuade people from reporting potential infections.

They better talk to the homophobic hate site, NBC, from which the headline above is taken.

Sure, this disease can affect everyone. But It is affecting almost entirely gay men, because gay men are engaging more than anyone else in the activities that spread the disease. This isn’t about blame so much as telling these gay guys: “Hey, you need to stop with the random near-anonymous sex and group sex for the next few months, hmm..kay?”

Is that really so much to ask? The likes of Baker and Fauci didn’t think it was a big deal to lock children up for two fucking years.

You know what’s really weird? Despite the CDC’s formal claim that straights can get monkeypox just as easily as gays can, and despite the CDC’s absolute refusal to issue even a “guidance” about sexual practices known to spread monkeypox, Dr Fauci says that gays should get the monkeypox vaccine first.

Really? Why? Sounds like discrimination – if their first claim is true.

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Written by Tom Hunter

July 30, 2022 at 2:46 pm

Our source was the New York Times!

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The evidence suggests that broad mask mandates have not done much to reduce Covid caseloads over the past two years. Today, mask rules may do even less than in the past, given the contagiousness of current versions of the virus. 

Thank goodness the New York Times has spoken out on this issue. Now, all good little Centre-Right-Wingers can shake off the frightening threats of being called extremist nutters and socially shamed at polite dinner parties, and instead join in the new chorus of disapproval of stupidity.

In U.S. cities where mask use has been more common, Covid has spread at a similar rate as in mask-resistant cities. Mask mandates in schools also seem to have done little to reduce the spread. Hong Kong, despite almost universal mask-wearing, recently endured one of the world’s worst Covid outbreaks.

No shit Sherlock. Evidence you say? Like the evidence that was available two fucking years year ago for anybody with eyes who cared to look:

Or just a few months ago:

Given the quality of their reporters none of this should be a surprise. When the following Tweet was put out upon the news of the courts booting masks mandates for planes…

… it resulted in a NYT reporter, one Victoria Kim, trying to contact him about the horror, only to be informed that it was satire. Ms Kim was raised in Seoul and is a Harvard graduate in history. She is also an utter fucking moron.

The Washington Post must be pissed at the slide in their influence, since they had an article some months ago titled, Mask Mandates Didn’t Make Much of a Difference Anyway, and it barely caused a ripple.

Still, it’s a big improvement on their attack in early 2021 on Rand Paul (an actual doctor btw) after his dissection of the uselessness of masks and mask mandates. I wonder how our local MSM, whose reporting of the USA consists of copying and pasting from the likes of the NYT and WaPo, will handle this one?

Of course we could go all the way back to all those “nutty, extremist” sources that analysed the data as early as mid-2020 (see above) and concluded the masks made no difference, which was no more than a confirmation of what had been learnt from history.

On that note perhaps when or if our MSM use this NYT report as a starter question for the likes of Ardern, Hipkins, Baker, Wiles and the entire MOH, they might also like to start waving in their face the MOH New Zealand Influenza Pandemic Plan (2nd edition, 2017).

Compiled in 2010 and regularly updated with thousands of hours of input from epidemiologists and other medical experts, and with a shoutout to some NZ historian’s in-depth analysis of the Spanish Flu epidemic a century ago, plus inputs from similar people overseas, it does not recommend the following:

  • Lockdowns
  • Social Distancing
  • The 2 metre (6 foot) rule
  • Mask mandates
  • Vaccine mandates.

At a minimum I would like to know – as a taxpayer who paid for the fucking thing – why it was binned instead of being put on the PM’s desk in 2020.

Maybe a Royal Commission will ask these questions?

Of course a big problem in climbing down on the mask insanity – let alone other aspects – is that Left-Wingers in particular are still terrified of General Tso’s Sickness and are wedded to masks:

Just an absolutely amazing admission here. An MSNBC reporter notes that the biggest challenge for Democrat governors ending their mask mandates is that liberals have made mask-wearing such an important part of their identity that they might not be able to give it up

Since only black humour can make us laugh at all this, I present to you a classic of the genre:

Soviet Ambassador DeSadeski: But the deciding factor was when we learned that your country was working along similar lines, and we were afraid of a Doomsday gap.
President Muffley: This is preposterous. I’ve never approved of anything like that.
DeSadeski:Our source was the New York Times.

See also:

Mask Pornography
The Hunger Masks
Masquerade

Written by Tom Hunter

July 10, 2022 at 10:18 am

Biden kills more people with Covid-19 than Trump

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That’s not a headline you’re going to see any time soon, but as the following news item from the ABC TV broadcast network in the US makes clear, that would be an entirely accurate headline this month.

Instead we get this, More Americans died of COVID this year than all of 2020:

More than 353,000 COVID-19 deaths have been reported since Jan. 1.

The United States has been facing a COVID-19 surge as the more contagious delta variant continues to spread.

More than 707,000 Americans have died from COVID-19…

The case surge comparison is also stark. Luckily the slowly rising tide of vaccinations has meant that the surge in cases has not translated into the same surge in deaths – but then the development of the vaccines in record time and the injection programme is not down to Biden either. He changed nothing.

Which brings back this memory from almost a year ago.

The only thing that has shut down since then is what was left of Joe’s brain.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 11, 2021 at 9:36 am

Mask Pornography

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I’d already taken a shot at the mask stupidity (Masquerade) that has attended the great Chinese Xi Snot pandemic, as well as the hypocrisy of the rulers on the subject.

But I recently came across another great article on the subject in City Journal, Do Masks Work?

This took a slightly different approach by looking at the CDC’s approach to studies rather than the studies themselves (click the previous post if you want to see that). Statistician Jeffrey H. Anderson looks closely at Randomised Control Trials (RCT’s) that have tested whether mask wearing in fact reduces virus transmission. Why that sort of trial?

A randomized controlled trial divides participants into different groups on a randomized basis. At least one group receives an “intervention,” or treatment, that is generally tested against a control group not receiving the intervention. The twofold strength of an RCT is that it allows researchers to isolate one variable—to test whether a given intervention causes an intended effect—while at the same time making it very hard for researchers to produce their own preferred outcomes.

This is true at least so long as an RCT’s findings are based on “intention-to-treat” analysis, whereby all participants are kept in the treatment group to which they were originally assigned and none are excluded from the analysis, regardless of whether they actually received the intended treatment. Eric McCoy, an M.D. at the University of California, Irvine, explains that intention-to-treat analysis avoids bias and “preserves the benefits of randomization, which cannot be assumed when using other methods of analysis.”

His bottom line:

In sum, of the 14 RCTs [randomized controlled trials] that have tested the effectiveness of masks in preventing the transmission of respiratory viruses:

  • Three suggest, but do not provide any statistically significant evidence in intention-to-treat analysis, that masks might be useful.
  • The other eleven suggest that masks are either useless – whether compared with no masks or because they appear not to add to good hand hygiene alone – or actually counterproductive.

Of the three studies that provided statistically significant evidence in intention-to-treat analysis that was not contradicted within the same study, one found that the combination of surgical masks and hand hygiene was less effective than hand hygiene alone, one found that the combination of surgical masks and hand hygiene was less effective than nothing, and one found that cloth masks were less effective than surgical masks.

In addition, in all but one of these studies, the masked participants wore surgical masks, not the cloth masks that are ubiquitous today.

It turns out that the font of science, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has largely ignored evidence from randomised trials. Instead they’ve touted observational studies, which lack controls, have difficulty filtering out confounding variables and generally…

… are not only of lower quality than RCTs but also are more likely to be politicised, as they can inject the researcher’s judgment more prominently into the inquiry and lend themselves, far more than RCTs, to finding what one wants to find.

It’s striking how much the CDC, in marshalling evidence to justify its revised mask guidance, studiously avoids mentioning randomized controlled trials. RCTs are uniformly regarded as the gold standard in medical research, yet the CDC basically ignores them apart from disparaging certain ones that particularly contradict the agency’s position.

In a “Science Brief” highlighting studies that “demonstrate that mask wearing reduces new infections” and serving as the main public justification for its mask guidance, the CDC provides a helpful matrix of 15 studies – none RCTs. The CDC instead focuses strictly on observational studies completed after Covid-19 began.

With one exception, the studies that Mr. Anderson cites were conducted before the Covid-19 epidemic began. That’s no reason to reject them of course since the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 is not going to be repelled by masks that are ineffective against other viruses. In any case, the only post-Covid study done is consistent with the earlier ones:

The only RCT to test mask-wearing’s specific effectiveness against Covid-19 was a 2020 study by Bundgaard, et al. in Denmark. This large (4,862 participants) RCT divided people between a mask-wearing group (providing “high-quality” three-layer surgical masks) and a control group. It took place at a time (spring 2020) when Denmark was encouraging social distancing but not mask use, and 93 percent of those in the mask group wore the masks at least “predominately as recommended.”

The study found that 1.8 percent of those in the mask group and 2.1 percent of those in the control group became infected with Covid-19 within a month, with this 0.3-point difference not being statistically significant.

Instead we get the following video (to add this previous one), which is not surprising after the last eighteen months of horror stories from the MSM, gleefully jumped on by power mad health bureaucrats and politicians around the world.

Those two terrified people are probably never going to recover. I’d bet they’re double vaccinated as well, and at the first sign of a sniffle they’ll book themselves into an ICU, stat!

Written by Tom Hunter

September 26, 2021 at 6:00 am

The Hunger Masks

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“They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and . . . then retreated back into their money . . . and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”

I don’t know how many of our readers are aware of a famous and very successful series of books and movies from the last decade called The Hunger Games.

They’re SF stories set in a dystopian future where glittering technology exists in a feudal society. In fact that technology enables it. For the purposes of this post the following is a key plotline:

[The Hunger Games] universe is a dystopia set in Panem, a North American country consisting of the wealthy Capitol and 13 districts in varying states of poverty. Every year, children from the first 12 districts are selected via lottery to participate in a compulsory televised battle royale death match called The Hunger Games.

Capitol citizens are extremely wealthy and life moves very slowly until the Games,… Many Capitol residents are extremely shallow, always looking for ways to be noticed. An outrageous sense of style and fashion are very important to the citizens of the Capitol… Capitol citizens are noted to have quite high ranking and integral roles and occupations for Panem as a whole…

You get the picture.

While not quite as gaudy as those characters, the following is a great example of how the same attitudes are rampant among our rulers nowadays, as San Francisco Mayor London Breed, had fun the other day in a San Francisco nightclub. I guess she’s read some of these counter-narrative articles on masks.

What she’s actually doing in that video is announcing the new law that you do not have to wear a mask if:

  1.  You are “having a good time,”
  2. “Feeling the spirit,”
  3. Watching the reunion of a band you like.

BTW, she insists that the reunion of the jazz band, Tony Toni Tone, is the story here, and not her defying her own mask mandate. I especially loved this quote:

“We don’t need the fun police to come in and micromanage and tell us what we should or shouldn’t be doing,” she said during an interview, contending she was drinking at the time and started dancing because she was “feeling the spirit” and “wasn’t thinking about a mask,” according to reports.

The irony in that statement is so fucking thick you could cut it with a knife.

Perhaps SF citizens should keep that in mind if an actual cop (very much not “fun”) or some other asshole hassles them about wearing a mask. Maybe print out her interview answers on a card to show cops that the law has been repealed by the mayor herself.

This is nothing new of course, for in the past year the following has occurred:

California Governor Newsom at a lovely dinner with other unmasked rich people at one of the world’s most expensive restaurants, the French Laundry. The staff are masked of course, per order of the Governor.

Barack Obama’s 60th birthday unmasked bash with his celebrity friends at their home in Martha’s Vineyard. The servants wore masks.

Obama’s Party

Nancy Pelosi’s fundraiser in the expensive vine yards of California. The servants wore masks.

And of course, the Met Ball a few days ago.

These people either don’t believe their own bullshit about masks (and other things) or they’re glorying in applying those rules to little people who can’t fight back, at least not without ending up in jail.

Or perhaps what we Untermenchen should take from all these events is that they’re just deliberately rubbing our noses in this shit. That the whole point is to make it clear who the boss is: that the rules apply to us, not them, and they want us to know it.

We are ruled by terrible, unkind, incompetent, uncaring people. I’m tempted to say that they are evil people, not out of deliberation but shallow callousness.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 21, 2021 at 5:24 pm

The Peasants Are Revolting

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Given the Stasi language of the NSW Premier and her “Health” and “Police” authorities when it comes to controlling people in Sydney I was very surprised to see that the controls seemed to fall apart in the Eastern parts of the great city as the first hints of summer arrived…

This is Bondi beach.

In more news from the world of youth – where the Left has placed its bets since the 1960’s Counter Culture revolution, with never-ending cries of “The Young Are With Us”, “Right-Side-Of-History” and all that – it would appear that there are cracks appearing, especially when it comes to “President” Biden.

“FUCK JOE BIDEN” seems to have exploded across college football stadiums in the USA.

This seems to be happening all over, as even the MSM have noticed, not to mention the drooling moron himself (BTW, check out that last link that shows this vaccinated man still wearing a mask – outdoors).

It’s amusing to see Democrats respond by demanding respect for the office, and the separation of politics and sport. Too late guys. Enjoy the new rules you made.

Or you could just scream into the void, as Joe Biden did the other day at a 9/11 ceremony. The look on Obama’s face is priceless, as in “What are you thinking, man?”. But this is yet another example of Joe’s dementia; he isn’t thinking and can’t control his impulses.

I think this may replace the famous Old Man Yells At Clouds meme from The Simpsons. It certainly has that vibe.

Chinese Xi Snot Risk Calculations

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Here’s fun to while away the time in lockdown.

A website set up by Oxford University: QCovid Risk Assessment.

You have to scroll down the first page and hit the ACCEPT button for the license to use the software, but after that it’s a matter of punching in your age, weight, health factors and so forth.

It uses British data of course, including stuff on your location but aside from a couple of factors the rest should apply here if you’re not of Maori or Pacific Island descent (obviously Britain would not have a lot of Covid data for those demographics)

There’s also this disclaimer

PLEASE NOTE: This implementation of the QCovid risk calculator is NOT intended for use supporting or informing clinical decision-making. It is ONLY to be used for academic research, peer review and validation purposes, and it must NOT be used with data or information relating to any individual. 

I wonder how long they’ll leave this site up, since obviously individuals will do what I and other have done here.

Running my data through the system I find that my risks from Covid-19 are as follows:

SICKNESSDEATH
1 chance in 11641 chance in 6211

In other words in a crowd of 10,000 people with the same risk factors as me, 2 are likely to catch and die from COVID-19 and 10 to be admitted to hospital during a 90 day period similar to the recent peak in Britain.

Of course the data is changing all the time as more is learned.

Still, I should probably be hiding under the bed with a mask on.

You can’t be too careful

Written by Tom Hunter

September 11, 2021 at 1:50 pm

Impfung Macht Frei

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It is that sort of comparison that causes the opponents of the current Lockdowns to be ridiculed. And no, you won’t be able to convince me that basically I am (and just about everyone I know) is just the same as the Nazi SS.

That’s a quote from a commentator here a couple of weeks ago on my post about what was happening to Australian civil liberties, Civil liberties have gone to the dogs.

It was a direct response to this picture that I put at the end of the post, which is of course deliberately provocative in an effort to make people think about what they are enabling via their terrible fear.

So I was amused by this news out of the Prisoner Island the other day:

Members of the Orthodox Jewish congregation entered a building, believed to be a prayer room, near a Ripponlea synagogue early on Tuesday morning and told police they wouldn’t leave until nightfall.

Police surrounded the front and back entrances of the building and took details of those who began to file out just after 8pm.

Initial reports suggested up to 100 people had attended.

“My advice is really clear to the people who were there last night – come forward, identify yourselves and allow us to process you through our systems and apply the law as it is today,” said Assistant Commissioner Russell Barrett 

I say amused because Black Humour is the only way to deal with this appalling shit.

The camps are called “Centres for National Resilience.” No word yet on what sort of motto will hang above their gates, but my the title of this post is a suggestion.

Also from the Victorian Premier, Dan Andrews:

He said those who choose not to be vaccinated were “making the wrong choice”.

“We’re going to move from a system where we’ve got everyone locked down to a situation where, to protect the health system, we’re going to lock out people who are not vaccinated and can be,” he said.

“This becomes absolutely a pandemic of the unvaccinated and, when we open everything up, it’s not going to be safe for people who are not vaccinated to be roaming around the place spreading the virus.”

Good old Public Healthcare eh? Where the State decides whether you’ll be taken care of or not. In the past the Left always laughingly dismissed as paranoid conspiracy theory any claims that such healthcare systems held the possibility of some future political leader or party using the system as a weapon against people who opposed its policies, much as old regimes used food as a weapon to force people to do what they told them to.

And now here we are. Similar suggestions are being made by media voices in the USA who have millions of viewers and are 100% partisans for the Democrat Party:

In any case has anybody told these fanatics that we now know that vaccinated people can spread the virus too? Look at Israel.

How this is seen outside of Australia is well captured by good old TDS-suffering National Review in When a Western Society Goes Insane:

Lockdowns have cut a swath through the norms and conventions of an advanced Western democracy, from the suspension of a state-level parliament to the banning of protests to military enforcement of the COVID rules.

The spirit of the lockdowns was perfectly captured a few months ago by the chief health officer of the state of New South Wales who warned, “Whilst it is in human nature to engage in conversation with others, to be friendly, unfortunately this is not the time to do that.”

Ah yes, the public-health threat of over-chattiness.

The Australian news media might as well be an arm of the public-health bureaucracy, producing stilted and hysterical reports about lockdown violators worthy of some dystopian future.

They do have some good news though:

This period in its national life stands as a warning for how easily core freedoms can erode away in even a well-established democracy, but Australia isn’t going to become a dictatorship.

Well at least not until the next such virus hits, which is a certainty, though I doubt we’ll see any need for Standartenführer Hans Landa to interrogate farmers since the unclean will already be locked up in one place.

Die MSM, Die – NZ Siouxsie Wiles edition (updated)

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I’m going to put this post up even though I have absolutely no faith that it will have any effect on the likes of TV1 or the rest of the NZ media.

They are who I’ve always known them to be. Shills for the Left in general and now, with $105 million of government money in their pockets, whores for the Labour government.

However, since it is a blog that broke this story, and since I’ve always argued that blogs are needed as a counter to the MSM, this is worth supporting.

The story belongs to Cameron Slater at his blog, the BFD, New Zealander of the Year Siouxsie Wiles – Unmasked:

Please don’t go out and chat with a friend while you are out, Wiles said.

Don’t hang around and have a chat, connect in other ways. We’ve got phones, we’ve got Skype, we’ve got Zoom…we need to physically disconnect for a little while,” she said.

Stay away from people.

RNZ 18 August 2021

There’s more detail at the link about all the roles that Wiles has in advising the PM and her apparently huge media profile (never have I been more glad to be ignoring all this). Suffice to say that it sounds very similar to the case last year of British epidemiologist Neil “500,000 UK deaths” Ferguson, who got caught breaking his own lockdown rules by having his mistress cross London for regular bonking sessions. Something recently repeated by the UK Health Minister.

I expect these people to be hypocrites with double standards and rules-for-thee-but-not-for-me. In the USA last year Dr Fauci was caught at a baseball game yukking it up in close proximity with friends while a mask merely dangled off his ear. Beloved US Lefty icon politician, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, was found putting a mask on for a group photo and then completely removing it as soon as the TV cameras were off. There was also California Governor Newsom’s maskless soiree at The French Laundry and Nancy Pelosi’s Napa Valley gathering of Democrat big wigs sans masks – aside from the waiters and the other little people servicing them of course.

So it goes with The Ruling Classes.

But at least in the case of Ferguson the British MSM had no hesitation in breaking the story. In NZ it’s different:

You may be wondering why it is The BFD that is making this public. The simple reason is that we are not part of the Prime Minister’s Team of $55 million. This story was given to 1News journalist Benedict Collins. After sitting on the story for five days he informed my source that they had spiked the story. The reason given was that it wasn’t a politician so there was no public interest in the story. Make no mistake, this story was suppressed by an editor at 1News.

As David Farrer says at his Kiwiblog link to this story:

If the person concerned with say an obscure ACT List MP (ie someone with no real power or influence), you can bet that TVNZ and all other mainstream media would be running this for days on end as a major story. But instead, they all ignore it.

Sure, David, sure. But do you expect them to change as a result of stories like this? DPF constantly links to them, providing them oxygen even as they die. There’s nothing to be done about the private sector MSM but the least a future National government can do is defund TV1, RNZ and NZ On Air. I assume that even Labour’s bribes will come to an end this year so we’ll see how many are left standing by 2023.

These people are not journalists. They’re Labour and Green Party operatives with bylines.

UPDATE

Ha ha. The other party has been identified. She’s Nicola Gaston, an associate professor at Auckland University. She’s been very outspoken about the need for hard lockdowns and that rules must be followed strictly.

She’s also a frequent contributor to NZ’s 21st century answer to The Listener, The Spinoff. Because of course she is.

These fucking people really do have it good in their insulated, self-protecting worlds where they get to tell everybody else how to live their lives with no consequences for themselves.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 10, 2021 at 12:06 pm

Masquerade

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There’s so much bullshit that has attended the great Chinese Xi Snot pandemic that it’s sometimes hard to know where to start.

The lockdowns. The 2 metre seperation rule. The testing. The treatments. The vaccines.

The masks.

There has been as much to and fro on this subject as the others, starting with the Ultimate Political Medical Bureaucrat, Dr Fauci, endlessly flip-flopping. Talk about misinformation.

Then there was this from Michael Osterholm, Director of Minnesota University’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy: 

But this has been known for over a year. Back to Dr Fauci, this time in an email in February 2020

“The typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out virus, which is small enough to pass through the material. It might, however, provide some slight benefit in keep out gross droplets if someone coughs or sneezes on you. I do not recommend you wear a mask”

The CDC had the same information, although it took an accidental admission to reveal the truth:

There have been more detailed studies done on masks during this pandemic and this link has a very comprehensive list of twelve studies, with links to the resulting medical papers. We’re not talking nutcase sources either. Here’s just four of them:

  1. A May 2020 meta-study on pandemic influenza published by the US CDC found that face masks had no effect, neither as personal protective equipment nor as a source control. (Source)
  2. Danish randomized controlled trial with 6000 participants, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in November 2020, found no statistically significant effect of high-quality medical face masks against SARS-CoV-2 infection in a community setting. (Source)
  3. A large randomized controlled trial with close to 8000 participants, published in October 2020 in PLOS One, found that face masks “did not seem to be effective against laboratory-confirmed viral respiratory infections nor against clinical respiratory infection.” (Source)
  4. A February 2021 review by the European CDC found no high-quality evidence in favor of face masks and recommended their use only based on the ‘precautionary principle’. (Source)

It also linked to nine studies that claim that masks can sometimes be effective, but all of the studies had flaws:

  1. meta-study in the journal Lancet, commissioned by the WHOclaimed that masks “could” lead to a reduction in the risk of infection, but the studies considered mainly N95 respirators in a hospital setting, not cloth masks in a community setting, the strength of the evidence was reported as “low”, and experts found numerous flaws in the study. Professor Peter Jueni, epidemiologist at the University of Toronto, called the WHO study “essentially useless”.
  2. A study in the journal PNAS claimed that masks had led to a decrease in infections in three global hotspots (including New York City), but the study did not take into account the natural decrease in infections and other simultaneous measures. The study was so flawed that over 40 scientists recommended that the study be withdrawn.

The N95 mask probably can work, but the cloth masks you see everyday on people’s faces are just a joke. It should not be a surprise given that CDC announcement on smoke particles. The initial thinking was that the virus spread via droplets expelled by sneezing and coughing sufferers of Covid-19, but since then it’s been demonstrated that the virus can move through the air in very small drops or even on its own.

As a result the following charts should not be a surprise either:

This, finally, is where this insanity ends. In an act of lawful evil.

Hey! I thought that knee stuff went out the window after George Floyd? Still an approved technique in the NZ Police obviously.

In any case had the NZ guy died though it wouldn’t have mattered. Victims of police brutality are either politically approved or politically unapproved, and the NZ guy falls into the former category.

Could be worse. That guy was arrested and handcuffed because he refused to wear a mask indoors. Over in News South Wales a father got arrested and handcuffed for not wearing one outdoors while walking with his daughter. I wonder how much confidence she’ll have in the cops for the rest of her life.

All for a masquerade.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 9, 2021 at 6:00 am