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  • #65283 Reply

    Sit still and get jabbed, just like these people “from all walks of life” in the photos.

    And pieces that don’t refer to “experts” seem few and far between nowadays. I first noticed this a few years ago when I read that “experts” were taking some view or other on what the rump of Britain would properly be called were Scotland to secede. I mean seriously how can anybody be an “expert” on that? They can’t. Most references in the media to “experts” mean “shut the f*** up – we’ll do your ‘thinking’ for you – don’t get ideas above your station, council trash plebfaces”.

    This is from Wales Online today, in a presumably mostly cut-and-paste job reporting that the government says that the lockdown might be lifted in March, just so long as we are all good boys and girls and don’t fall in with the wrong crowd, with the conspiracy theorist saboteur germ spreaders:

    The move would mean lockdown restrictions starting to lift in England after a review on February 22 – as Boris Johnson announced when he put the country into lockdown at the start of January.

    Experts have made it clear not all lockdown rules will be lifted at once, with some measures needed until the autumn.

    The local-media cut and paster here, or perhaps the author of the original words in Whitehall, clearly doesn’t have a clue what the word “expert” means. It’s supposed to mean somebody with experience and knowledge who forms an informed opinion on something, you idiot, not a person who reports what the government’s policy is.

    But no hack loses his or her job by putting the words “Experts say” in front of whatever that day’s message is.

    This is a technique for discouraging people for thinking for themselves. I know that’s an obvious statement to make, but unfortunately the observation is rarely made.

    #65361 Reply

    Or try this: “When and how will I get a Covid vaccine in the UK?” asks a headline in the Guardian. Ever get the idea you are being influenced, being slipped an assumption indirectly? Next they will probably offer to give your children a meal at the vaccine place, so long as they eat it sitting regimented with other children and not with you. Another major newspaper is telling officials and influencers what 10 objections they might encounter and how to swat them. (That’s how car salesman are trained too.) Woe betide anyone who simply doesn’t trust the government or big business, and who won’t be convinced by a twerp spouting that he or she should, some junior official who probably can’t do joined-up writing and who hasn’t got a clue that Facebook and Google are advertising companies.

    #65493 Reply

    (Mods – May I request that you remove the words “notion of experts” at the end of the title of this thread, because then the thread can cover everything to do with the tone and subtext of SARSCoV2-related propaganda in Britain. I realise you want threads to be more tightly focused than before, but I guess there is a limit somewhere.)

    [ Mod: Agreed. The text ” – notion of ‘experts’ ” has been duly excised from the title. ]

    The Guardian today wrote up a report from the Office of National Statistics saying that the “data shows 12.1% of population would have tested positive” for “coronavirus antibodies” in December. Like the rest of the media they are doing nothing to “educate” people on what a “coronavirus” is, nor on how the authorities conduct covert testing on samples of the population for many sorts of viruses and bacteria, as one might expect as a matter of defence policy, defensive biological warfare, and the research and development of offensive biological weapons. But never mind that for a moment. Let us assume they ARE using the term “antibodies” in a clear way and that basically they are saying that tests on population samples suggest that in December 2020 12.1% of people in Britain had antibodies against the 2019 strain of the SARS virus known as SARSCoV2 (or perhaps just against SARS in general, but that doesn’t matter). The article of course comes with a strong MESSAGE as one might expect. That message is that the REST of the population is still at risk, and therefore we’ve all got to obey lockdown rules and “be with the programme” regarding the mass vaccination campaign.

    And that is total BULLSH*T. Why? Because many people have defeated this virus with the FIRST LINE of their immune defence, which doesn’t involve the production of specialised antibodies. (Anyone who is in any doubt about that statement should ask why the schools were shut.)

    Later in the article they “interpret” the 12.1% figure as meaning that “An estimated one in eight people in England had had coronavirus by December”.

    What absolute rubbish … it doesn’t imply anything of the kind … but no editor ever got the sack for noticing.

    Professor Danny Altmann from Imperial College screams the Big Pharma message: apparently “while the percentage of people expected to test positive for antibodies to the coronavirus has risen slightly, Altmann said it was not rising quickly, meaning natural herd immunity had not developed and that vaccines remained crucial to tackling the disease.”

    What a lying a*sehole, who clearly knows which side his career and research grants are buttered on.

    The authorities must also of course have an estimate of the proportion of people who have been infected with this or that level of SARSCoV2 viral load (totally different from the proportion who show the antibodies), but as far as I am aware they are keeping quiet about it. Let’s not hold our breaths waiting for Labour’s Jonathan Ashworth or Keir Starmer to ask Matt Hancock or Boris Johnson what the estimate is.

    It could easily be 80% or 90%.

    #65495 Reply

    The proportion of the population in Britain who are school pupils is about 15% for starters. Most of them have probably already had SARSCoV2 and not noticed. If your immune system bashes the virus away fast without calling out antibodies, you don’t get any symptoms.

    #68033 Reply

    Where exactly do you get your knowledge of immunology from? It is a bit arbitrary and at the same time dogmatic. But from past fork, you don’t really indulge in discussion, just assertions of dogmatic factoids.

    #68055 Reply

    N_ seems to have been doing precisely what N_ criticised journalists for doing – ignorantly parroting “experts”, in this case Oxford epidemiologist Sunetra Gupta and pharmaceutical boss Mike Yeadon, both of whom proved themselves utterly wrong by predicting in autumn 2020 that there could be no UK second wave.

    N_ unfortunately displayed an even lower degree of critical thinking by parroting these two’s arguments during the UK’s second wave.

    I disagree with Professor Danny Altmann from Imperial College that “vaccines remained crucial to tackling the disease” because the duration of effectiveness of vaccines cannot be determined until a long enough time has passed, and new variants may evade any immunity that vaccines impart. Only time will tell. The surer method is to stamp out the virus with brief but stringent social measures; China, Australia, New Zealand, the Isle of Man etc. have already succeeded in this, proving its effectiveness. This works for all variants, and it’s much quicker than mass vaccination; under two months:

    #68114 Reply

    That’s all very well and good but that train has already left the station long ago. If ever we were going to stamp out an epidemic or a pandemic you do it in the beginning with stringent measures and with honesty and with consensus and trust. None of this is going to happen here, so Professor Altman is just being realistic and vaccination seems the only way out. One of the factors that is a feature of all or most of the vaccines is that they can be tweaked to reflect any virus mutation causing escape from antibodies. Anyway immunity is notable absolute yes or no but some background immunity will be there to reduce the disease severity.
    There are other developments too. Mortality after hospital admission is almost half of what it was at the beginning, as hospitals and doctors begin to understand the disease better. I am afraid it is too late to rely on isolation and masks and so on, especially in a country that cannot even control its borders properly when it should and which fails to have a functional test and trace system.

    #68115 Reply

    And I should also add with a totally dysfunctional political system and a spineless opposition fighting its own members.

    #68138 Reply

    SA, the history of attempted vaccines against coronaviruses is not encouraging. Vaccine attempts against SARS and MERS have failed, as have vaccines against the four common cold coronaviruses. Veterinary science provides another long list of failures.

    Ironically, this could work out just as the conspiracy theorists have been predicting; just an infinite money-spinner for Big Pharma, life-long injections for the entire population every six months.

    Capitalism feeding on the results of its own incompetence.

    #68139 Reply

    And it’s not too late to stamp out SARS-CoV-2. China and Australia both succeeded from infection levels comparable to and even locally greater than those seen in the UK.

    Those opposed to covid vaccination need to take responsibility, because our governments aren’t going to. The problem lies in displacing personal and social responsibility onto the authorities.

    #68164 Reply

    I wouldn’t believe a word coming out of China and Australia a) is the rse end of the world and, b) has managed to enforce a far more draconian lockdown than would be tolerated in the UK.

    #68175 Reply

    You can believe what you like but there are many indicators that China and Australia have managed to suppress the virus.
    But I do not agree with Clark that “China and Australia both succeeded from infection levels comparable to and even locally greater than those seen in the UK.”

    When China introduced the lockdown in March 2020 there was a total of about 80,000 cases and this in a country with 25 times the population of UK. Early on they introduced a total ban on travel, which to this day we have never done and will never do. Australia at the peak of their 2nd wave in late August had 27,000 cases with a population of just under 40% of that of UK. There is no way this government is going to impose these stringent measures.
    AS to vaccines, yes this is a common theme that has been taken on by the covid deniers, that there has not been a successful vaccine against corona viruses. But there have been a lot of background work going on but of course because of the containment of both SARS and MERS, research became rather low key. But many companies have been primed to start this research again. I think we now have proven efficacy of the vaccines in the trials, but more recently also real life evidence that the vaccine works and protects and reduces transmission. There may be loss of efficacy with mutations, but this will not translate to figures of zero effects. Also the vaccines can be quickly tweaked.
    As to big pharma cashing in, this is the real issue. But at least Astra Zeneca is now getting the vaccine produced under license and selling it with minimal margins, and there are vaccines from Russia and China and those produced under license in India to distribute to third world countries. Relying on vaccines is not ideal but we have seen that our ‘democratic’ individualistic societies cannot relinquish the selfishness that has been born since Maggie Thatcher transformed society for the worse.

    #68284 Reply

    SA, you need to think this through.

    The problem with covid-19 is not so much its mortality rate as its fast spread; it can overwhelm typical health services by a factor of ten or more. With hospitals overwhelmed, the advances made in treating the disease are worthless, and all other healthcare is crippled.

    So thinking mathematically, the critical factors are: how long does it take to vaccinate an entire population, and how long does vaccine immunity last before booster shots must be given? These two give us a ratio, which is the proportion of the population that will have vaccine immunity at any time. We have a good idea of the first one. The second will only be discovered next coronavirus season. We could be OK, or we could be completely stuffed. Again.

    And mutation of the virus makes it worse. Yes, vaccines can be “tweaked”, but each tweak takes time, and with each tweak we are set back to safety testing. Meanwhile, the virus has no such delays and ethical constraints.

    Personally, I don’t want to be having to take a briefly tested new vaccine once or twice a year. I’d rather have a couple of months of strict lockdown and get it over with.

    The success of our badly implemented, very partial “lockdowns” proves that we can rapidly stamp this out. It’s not even very difficult; during restrictions, infection rates fall almost as fast as they rise when there aren’t restrictions.

    #68285 Reply

    Keeping infection numbers low is crucial. My friend was watching the tennis from Australia; Melbourne I think. In the middle of a game, an announcement came over the sound system – the public must clear the court; immediate lockdown. Nine positive tests had been discovered – not nine deaths, not nine hospital admissions; just nine positive tests. The city was immediately locked down – and not the whole of Australia.

    But just five days later, restrictions had been lifted again and the spectators were back at the tennis. With only nine positive tests to follow up, track, test and quarantine had been performed in that time. Fifty or so people had been quarantined, and general restrictions were lifted.

    I was impressed. That’s how to stamp out covid-19; hit it hard and fast, deprive it of the chance to spread.

    #68286 Reply

    Thinking mathematically again, covid-19 can overwhelm the entire health service by a factor of ten or more, so the vaccine immunity ratio needs to be 90% of the population or more to prevent health service overload.

    That’s a big challenge.

    #68287 Reply

    A piece in The Irish Times about how Ireland blew it after achieving such good results initially.

    Clark, I believe you are correct, if EVERYWHERE went into strict lockdowns and all borders were closed for 6 weeks it could be eliminated but it would have to be everywhere and to the same effectiveness. That just is never going to happen across all countries on the planet at the same time, at least, not unless the situation becomes an extinction level event.
    If some countries do it, which some have, once they re open borders it’s going to get back n seeded from those countries that didn’t lockdown.
    Here on IOM we have had another cluster of cases related to ferry staff whom they hadn’t vaccinated. They have tracked and traced well but there are two “unexplained” cases.

    #68292 Reply

    ET, that’s why Green Zones:

    #68306 Reply

    I am fully aware of your arguments but there is a huge difference between what is theoretically possible and what is achievable in reality. The prolonged lockdown since before Christmas has led to a slow and gradual fall, but the levels are still high. AS far as I know there is no intention whatsoever in stopping all air traffic and closing borders.

    #68310 Reply

    It’s not that I disagree with the concept Clark, I just don’t think it’s even a remote possibility that governments would agree to it.

    #68352 Reply

    Well we can opt to start practising now, with the weather on our side for months ahead, or, possibly, let SARS-CoV-2 force us into lockdowns again next winter when we’re all indoors breathing each other’s air… Eggs and baskets.

    But I agree, it’s unlikely that our highly advanced governments would try anything so cheap, safe and reliable when they haven’t even encouraged us to open windows.

    Places that enforce a zero infection rate require the shortest periods in strict lockdown; just the few days it takes to trace a handful of infections. People and businesses withstand such short stoppages far better than prolonged weeks in semi-lockdown. Long term, if vaccination turns out not so great, places pursuing zero covid will enjoy economic advantages, and as green zones proliferate red zones will suffer increasing exclusion.

    #69944 Reply

    This presentation by German journalist and researcher Paul Schreyer is required viewing. Factually and neatly it outlines the various events leading up to 2020 and which are documented in his book <i>Chronik einer angekündigten Krise</i> including the dress rehearsal for Covid in September of 2019, Event 201, which simulated the global outbreak of Corona virus and exactly mirrored what was about to happen in just three months time. In particular, the simulation posited that a “secretive elite cult” has deliberately released a weaponised Corona virus to cause “significant reduction in the global population.”

    Present at this simulation were:

    • Latoya Abbott
    • Sofia Borges (UN Foundation’s Senior Vice President and Head of the New York office)
    • Brad Connett
    • Christopher Elias (Gates Foundation)
    • Tim Evans (Associate Dean of the School of Population and Global Health)
    • George Gao (Head of Chinese CDC)
    • Avril Haines (Former CIA deputy director)
    • Jane Halton (Board of ANZ Bank)
    • Matthew Harrington (CEO at Edelman, by revenue the largest Public Relations firm in the world according to wikipedia)
    • Martin Knuchel (Head of Crisis, Emergency & Business Continuity Management, for Lufthansa Group Airlines)
    • Eduardo Martinez (President of the UPS Foundation)
    • Stephen Redd (Deputy Director for Public Health Service and Implementation Science at the Centers for Disease Control)
    • Hasti Taghi (Public relations director with links to the World Economic Forum)
    • Adrian Thomas (Vice President Global Public Health, at Johnson & Johnson)
    • Lavan Thiru (Chief Representative in the New York Monetary Authority of Singapore)

    WIR (Wissen ist relevant): Paul Schreyer: Pandemic simulation games – Preparation for a new era? – YouTube, 1hr 3m 6s

    #69950 Reply

    ‘which […] exactly mirrored what was about to happen in just three months time’

    Well it wasn’t exact. The 201 scenario had several times infection fatality rate, for instance, and it assumed no vaccines would be available for the 18 months the exercise considered.

    ‘In particular, the simulation posited that a “secretive elite cult” has deliberately released a weaponised Corona virus to cause “significant reduction in the global population.”’

    Eh? No it didn’t; not at all. It posited that the outbreak arose in pigs in South America and passed to humans. I was looking at Event 201 just a few days ago in response to a comment by josh r; the latter part of this comment and the page and a half that follows.

    J, Paul Schreyer’s claims appear to be false; why did you repeat them without checking?

    #69958 Reply

    “Eh? No it didn’t”

    My mistake, not his. That was a preceding simulated pandemic a few years before, which you’d know if you’d viewed the film.

    #69964 Reply

    J, thanks. Obviously, I’d see no point in watching a film if it was as inaccurate as that.

    I’m unlikely to watch it anyway; I’m more interested in how we can be rid of covid than where it came from, though I’m still intrigued by the possibility that it leaked from a lab – I regard gain-of-function virus research as a major risk, and I’d like to see a comprehensive overhaul of lab security, requiring labs to have proper live-in and quarantine facilities, permitted only in sparsely populated regions, all regulated by international treaty and inspections like the nuclear NPT and IAEA:

    Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
    Threatened pandemics and laboratory escapes: Self-fulfilling prophecies
    By Martin Furmanski | March 31, 2014

    What we should learn from covid is that, if a “secretive elite cult” did indeed release a weaponised virus to cause “significant reduction in the global population”, or if such a thing just arose naturally or escaped a lab, we the people would be catastrophically unprepared. It could rip through our societies, sped on its way by governments unwilling to reconfigure the economy, disinformation from the corporate media, and wild rumours that it didn’t exist, it was a hoax, and any measures to slow it were also a hoax.

    We would urgently need to reconfigure our societies to erect barriers against it by compartmentalising, implementing travel restrictions and quarantine, but we’d be paralysed by having for so long abdicated our personal and societal initiative and responsibility to centralised “governments” that really only serve big business.

    #69968 Reply

    “That was a preceding simulated pandemic a few years before, which you’d know if you’d viewed the film.”

    So what? Skills drills for governments. Planning and exercising for major disasters makes good sense. If they weren’t doing that it would be a dereliction of duty. In planning a fictitious skills drill you’d pick a likely candidate for a pandemic, hence coronavirus. A coronavirus pandemic has been talked about and worried about for literally decades before it happened.

    #69981 Reply

    Given that two of the three most recent candidates for a pandemic SARS and MERS were coronaviruses it is not surprising that the planning for a pandemic involved a corona virus. What is extremely surprising is the very poor performance despite the exercise and how many countries abandoned the basic proper isolation and travel restrictions and delayed their implementations.

    As to whether the virus was a lab escape. There seems to be no evidence made from the structure of the virus that it is man made, I think we all agree on that I hope. Whether it was a virus isolated from nature to be studied and then escaped is a different matter but again there is no evidence for this. The only people pushing this theory seem to be, apart from Clark, those who wish to put the Chinese under political pressure.
    Having said all that, the speed by which the virus RNA was mapped and isolated by the Chinese and by which diagnostic kits were made is extremely astonishing. This of course is due to how this particular science has developed extremely rapidly recently. Also the record time taken to produce suitable vaccines is unprecedented. But the most astonishing fact about all this, that such a hash was made of dealing with this virus despite the above, shows that these so called great reset conspirators are extremely incompetent in carrying out their agenda, given the opportunity.

    #69992 Reply

    All governments, all companies, all labs, all industries – all should be under extreme pressure to work entirely openly and accountably.

    It’s the routine and ubiquitous secrecy that breeds conspiracy theory; of course people will suspect conspiracy when the majority of everything is conducted behind veils of secrecy.

    #69993 Reply

    It is an assault upon mental health that people cannot talk openly about what they do on behalf of their employers.

    #70007 Reply

    “J, thanks. Obviously, I’d see no point in watching a film if it was as inaccurate as that.”

    The film isn’t inaccurate. I merely wanted to test if you had watched it by falsely quoting the film (which remains perfectly accurate as far as I can tell.) Turns out you’d already heard of event 201 and sidestepped my trap slightly. Proves my point anyway. You’re deeply afraid of arguments and information which risk changing your mind. You prefer to believe your own bullshit, exactly the claim you make about me, to the degree that you won’t expose yourself to alternative narratives for fear of contagion, even if all other facts remain the same.

    The problem for your worldview is that it can rarely account for all the data, while claiming to be a rational account, it merely rationalises away most of the conflicting data as faulty data. Other theories exist which better account for the data without resort to rationalisation. Helps you sleep I suppose.

    #70028 Reply

    J, April 10 at 15:45“My mistake…”

    J, April 11 at 23:43“I merely wanted to test if you had watched it by falsely quoting the film…”

    So your comments were either untruthful, manipulative, or both.

    J – “You’re deeply afraid of arguments and information which risk changing your mind.”

    How utterly iconic of conspiracy theorists. Yes, yes, yes, J; you’re all far superior to sheeple like me.

    J – “You prefer to believe your own bullshit, exactly the claim you make about me”

    I made no claim about you, unless you also post under some other username but lost track of your own subterfuge; subterfuge might also seem consistent with your “you […] sidestepped my trap slightly” strategy. Maybe you assume deception and conspiracy because that’s what you’re like yourself?

    “Where did it come from?” looks to the past, whereas “well what should we do now?” looks to the future. You cited the list of attendees of Event 201; do you suppose that hanging them all from lamp posts would help?

    #70029 Reply

    There’s an incongruity that pops up repeatedly. Compare:

    “Paul Schreyer: Pandemic simulation games – Preparation for a new era?

    “You’re deeply afraid of arguments and information which risk changing your mind.”

    I’m forever arguing for sweeping changes to the structure of society, whereas conspiracy theorists are forever warning of a “New World Order”, yet insisting that it’s me that’s incapable of change.

    Isn’t some kind of new order desperately needed in the world? Is this some kind of conservative cognitive dissonance; that things clearly need to change, but that change is precisely what conservatism opposes? So every large scale problem has to be a hoax or fabricated, and all that’s needed is to expose the hoaxers so that everything else can stay the same…

    #70039 Reply

    You ask us to watch an over an hour long lecture by a German journalist Paul Schreyer and to address the points he makes as prerequisite to answer your post and your take is that the message is that there is a plan to reduce the population drastically and these simulation exercises are a rehearsal for this even though these are not really hidden conspiracies but are documented, if not widely publicized. The following exchanges between you and Clark then centre not about the subject matter but about the one hour video. Could I ask you to tell us briefly why you think Paul Schreyer’s insight is so significant and its relation to the current pandemic. The problem as I see it is that to debate something I need you to tell me what exactly are we debating, because otherwise the discussion becomes rather sidelined into futile accusations. So can you tell us what the importance of this video is and why you think we should spend such a long time to listen to it?

    #70041 Reply

    I took the time over the weekend to watch the video. In fairness it isn’t inaccurate at all, he mostly describes the chronology of the different Johns Hopkins hosted events, who was present etc etc. I still maintain that if you are going to practise a disaster scenario you are going to pick a plausible situation and coronavirus is a plausible pick. Also you would want the relevant people there and if you think about that you’d have government, health authority, pharmaceutical, media and financial roles and probably other roles such as law enforcement. Funnily enough, those are the people who were present.

    Go and find relevant reports from the 1918 flu pandemic and you’ll find the same issues of lockdown vs economy. Even go further to less reliable but still relevant reports of the plague in Europe. It’s not like any of this is new.

    What I did find concerning in that video is the part where he shows the graph of FED reserve buying of bonds versus GDP and had nothing to do with the pandemic.

    #70042 Reply

    “Proves my point anyway. You’re deeply afraid of arguments and information which risk changing your mind.”

    So what exactly is your argument? It’s up to you to make it and give it voice. You see a “dress rehearsal for Covid in September of 2019” and I see a skills drill, albeit an elaborately organised one, but still essentially just a skills drill. I do skills drills all the effing time. Airline pilots, military, fire officers etc etc do also. I hope in future they do better ones. They made a hash of it this time despite all their skills drills.

    #70046 Reply

    ET – “They made a hash of it this time despite all their skills drills.”

    Well of course, because as is well known, all that’s left of humanity’s hollowed-out public sector is set of taxpayer funded government mega-clients for the mega-corporations. It’s not remotely secret, it’s called neoliberalism, and a fair chunk of the population have been actually voting for it for the last forty years.

    It doesn’t matter how many simulations are held; a neoliberal system won’t take the blindest bit of notice of them. It’ll dismiss all recommendations with the need to “cut through government red tape” and arrogantly proclaim that “we must leave it to the market; there is no alternative”.
    – – – – – – – – – – –

    ET, thanks for your summary of the video:

    “it isn’t inaccurate at all, he mostly describes the chronology of the different Johns Hopkins hosted events”

    In that case, J’s remark that a previous simulation ‘posited that a “secretive elite cult” has deliberately released a weaponised Corona virus to cause “significant reduction in the global population.”’ is presumably so. How quaint! Of course the Agenda 21 depopulation conspiracy theory has been around for donkey’s years, but it was very generous of John Hopkins Uni to pay such tribute to it.

    Of course to conspiracy theorists this just has to be an elaborate double-bluff; “they” pre-publish their diabolical plans just so they can laugh at us all the more, like the villains in Scooby Doo.

    #70190 Reply

    Church leaders refuse to close churches to those who don’t have vaccine passports.

    This is what you get when there is no political opposition – the church steps in.
    1298 signatories so far.

    The Labour party could easily be organising soup kitchens, organising letters like this too, if there was any will in it to do so.

    Good vibes to all the signatories apart from any Calvinists.

    #70205 Reply

    To my pleasant surprise, even some bishops have signed – probably suffragan ones, but I haven’t checked.

    Many who have signed have probably been brave to do so, because I doubt signing will win them any brownie points whatsoever.

    If Dominic Cummings had his way, those who haven’t rolled up their sleeves and taken it in the arm for Big Pharma and the state wouldn’t be allowed to go to confession. Before they even got to the door of the church their microchip implants would call in the drones. “Stay where you are! Anti-social element in zone 746!” If they did manage to make it into the church, an van would soon roll up and masked police in big boots and with “NHS” on their helmets would chase them up the aisle and force them to cower in a pew at gunpoint.

    You can imagine why some priests and ministers aren’t so happy about that, quite aside from the fact that vaccines have been developed using human embryos.

    I wonder what Mary Wakefield, convert to Roman Catholicism, thinks.

    Those reading this who belong to Christian congregations should consider drawing this letter to the attention of their priest or other minister. It remains open for signatures.

    There may turn out to be more “people’s priests” than there are “people’s scientists”. I wouldn’t hurry to call anybody a “people’s scientist”, but I guess I’d grant the description to Piers Corbyn if he wants it. (For those who don’t already know, he totally bested the Meteorological Office and other “professional” meteorologists in weather prediction.)

    #70206 Reply

    Signatories so far from the Church of England and the Roman Catholic church all seem to hold office junior to the rank of bishop.

    They are very probably closer to real people and further from administering large amounts of money than any bishops in those churches are.

    Good vibes to all signatories (except Calvinists). Good for you, refusing to let the state authorities tell you to close the doors of your churches to certain people.

    #70217 Reply

    Piers Corbyn? The “people’s scientist” who says that covid-19 and global warming are both hoaxes? What sort of “people’s scientist” promotes anti-science that would kill millions (the former) and billions (the latter)? His “science” utterly contradicts literally planetary-scale evidence; the Arctic icecap has mostly melted away. You can’t even check his weather forecasts because he doesn’t publish them, he just sells them to a tiny clique of private companies.

    N_, when are you going to realise that you’ve been blinded by conspiracy theory? Never, I suppose; that special feeling of possessing secret knowledge is just too enjoyable – so damn the consequences for all and sundry.

    #70309 Reply

    Clark: “What sort of “people’s scientist” promotes anti-science that would kill millions (the former) and billions (the latter)?

    A very odd “scientist” indeed. Almost as odd as a “Marxist” who likes promoting alt-right conspiracy theories, I would say.

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