- “Why do the modellers always seem to get Covid infection rate wrong?” – The constant addition of new variables into the equation, such as vaccines, variants and changes to normal daily behaviour ensures that Covid models are largely inaccurate, writes Tom Calver in the Sunday Times.
- “Overseas arrival who can’t visit dying mum in Western Australia slams Mark McGowan” – “A devastated overseas arrival who has been barred from visiting his dying mother has sent a brutal message to the Premier of Western Australia Mark McGowan,” reports the Mail Australia.
- “Heated debate in Victoria parliament as Premier Dan Andrews is labelled ‘dictator’” – “Daniel Andrews was called a ‘dictator’ in a hysterical ‘screaming match’ in the Victorian Parliament over his new pandemic management laws,” Shadow Attorney General Tim Smith critiques the Premier’s power grab in a speech which can be found on the Mail’s YouTube account.
- “Why vaccines are medical apartheid” – The Reclaim Party has posted a video on its Facebook account showing that vaccine passports don’t work, cause division, and are a coercive tool for the state to exploit.
- “100% of Covid vaccine deaths were caused by just 5% of the batches produced according to official Government data” – “An investigation of data found in the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) in the U.S. has revealed that extremely high numbers of adverse reactions and deaths have been reported against specific lot numbers of the Covid vaccines several times, meaning deadly batches of the experimental injections have now been identified,” reports the Exposé.
- “Moderna: a company ‘in need of a hail mary”” – Before Covid, Moderna was in danger of hemorrhaging investors, as persistent safety concerns and other doubts about its mRNA delivery system threatened its entire product pipeline. Fear caused by the pandemic crisis made those concerns largely evaporate, even though there is no proof that they were ever resolved, writes Whiteny Webb in Unlimited Hangout.
- “Please listen before it is too late” – “This is the letter I would write to a relative who believes what he or she reads or hears on the mainstream media about Covid and vaccination,” Rosie Langridge tries to unpick the propaganda echoed by the media and political leaders in TCW.
- “Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles study finds risks for severe Covid in adolescents and adults is a function of being overweight or obese” – “Recently, researchers from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles studied risk in more detail and discovered that age and being overweight or obese are associated with more severe Covid outcomes, particularly respiratory symptoms,” reports TrialSite.
- “Swiss analysis: climate models running too warm, falsely calibrated… IPCC needs ‘to review its findings’” – A study by German researchers Fritz Vahrenholt and Hans-Rolf Dübal has concluded that the main cause of rising temperatures is increased cloud coverage rather than the greenhouse effect, P. Gosselin reports on the findings in Watts Up With That?
- “What would Suffragettes make of M&S chasing woke wonga” – To be on the ‘right side of history’, the corporate world has pandered to woke ideology with ridiculous marketing campaigns and new politically correct products without a thought for the ideas they are actually promoting, writes Julie Burchill in the Mail on Sunday.
- “A glitch in The Matrix – The Week in Review” – S.D. Wickett and Luke Perry discuss Facebook’s ‘metaverse’ and the censorship of Novara Media in Bournbrook Magazine’s regular podcast.
- “Anger as Kemi Badenoch says Black History Month becoming ‘racism history month’” – The top Tory was accused of “scoring cheap political points” after she dismissed the celebration as an “American import”, reports the Mirror.
- “Official is gagged for saying roads matter more than ‘woke’ awareness” – “A National Highways official who queried why the crisis-hit quango was celebrating ‘woke’ awareness days rather than focusing on making roads safer says he has been gagged by his bosses,” reports the Mail on Sunday.
- “‘There’s a climate of fear in BBC about race and transgender’” – “A senior figure told me about ‘a climate of fear’ at the BBC, particularly surrounding stories on race and on transgender issues,” Paul Wood writes that certain viewpoints, phrases and words are verboten at the BBC in the Mail on Sunday.
- “What if wokeness really is the new Christianity?” – Woke politics is quickly becoming a new-age religion, complete with its sacred texts, self-righteous clerics, original sins and martyrs, and it shows no sign of slowing down, argues Sean Thomas in the Spectator.
- “Civil servants are told to ‘confront privilege’ with woke reading list” – White civil servants have been handed a reading list and told to ‘confront’ their privilege and ‘ignorance’ on matters of race and other social issues, with some books defending looting and advocating for the closure of prisons, reports the Mail on Sunday.
- “Teaching of ‘white privilege’ is ‘rife’ in schools, MPs are warned” – “MPs have been warned that the teaching of ‘white privilege’ is ‘rife’ in schools following a dossier that revealed pupils are being given ‘politically based’ lessons on police, racism and colonialism,” reports the MailOnline.
- “The battle for the soul of the National Trust” – The organisation Restore Trust wishes to turn the tide against the heavy politicisation of the National Trust but has not had much success in doing so, argues Harry Mount in the Spectator.
- “Is this the scariest Halloween costume?” – The Babylon Bee have reported on the most horrifying outfit spotted this year: a mask depicting a human face not wearing one.
Month: October 2021
The Prime Minister has stated that there is currently “no evidence” to implement a Christmas lockdown, despite what Sky News calls a “rise” in Covid cases. (In fact, they’re falling.) Johnson also said that, instead of new restrictions, members of the public should receive a booster jab when they are offered the opportunity, admitting that the effectiveness of the first two jabs does “start to wane” after a time. Sky News has the story.
Speaking to reporters during his trip to Rome for the G20 summit, Johnson once again insisted ministers are sticking with the current plan to tackle Covid and there is no reason to activate the Government’s ‘Plan B’.
Asked if he could guarantee a good Christmas, he said: “I see no evidence whatever to think that any kind of lockdown is on the cards.”
His comments come after the NHS Confederation, the British Medical Association and scientists called on the Government to take steps to ease the growing pressure on the health service.
Covid infections have risen across the U.K., with recent Office for National Statistics estimates showing the same proportion of people in England have the virus as at the peak of the second wave in January.
However, hospitalisations and deaths remain well below the levels seen earlier this year – in part due to the vaccine rollout which has seen 45.7 million people fully vaccinated.
Worth reading in full.
There follows a guest post by retired dentist and regular Daily Sceptic contributor Dr Mark Shaw, who wonders if the Government, health care profession and media are now too far down the vaccine-saviour narrative road to be capable of objective consideration of the evidence.
In my previous articles I have highlighted how the Government and most of the media are concealing certain facts, altering previously established protocols or manipulating data that has the effect of deceiving the public. I try not to dwell on why. Whatever the reason there is something that needs to be addressed.
Every form of medical treatment has an element of risk and any new development in healthcare is to some degree experimental. Time will and does tell how successful and how risky a particular form of therapy is. The Covid vaccination strategy would be no different in that respect. Yet Government and media have, in their headlong, panic-stricken way resisted all attempts of cautious, sceptical and truly ethical scientific scrutiny. They fail to recognise any form of experimentation, any increased risk profile associated with a novel medical procedure or how time and trialling (of which the public are those undergoing the trials) help establish the safety of a particular procedure.
All this in the day of ‘defensive medicine‘ – a term sometimes used to describe a way of preventing patients from successfully suing their practitioners. But defensive medicine or dentistry can also protect the public if used genuinely for that specific purpose. All you need to do is practise fully informed consent where you are honest with your patient and explain the pros and cons clearly and freely in a way that doesn’t help steer the patient into a decision that is biased, for example by scaring the patient into electing no treatment or falsely reassuring the patient into accepting it. All that has gone out of the window with Covid. Similar safeguards are required for customers of pension and mortgage providers and gambling platforms for example – ‘your capital is at risk’, ‘the value of your investment is at risk’ etc. All these things are done to prevent the harms and scandals that are in the history books.
So by abandoning the safeguards and principles that had successfully been established pre-Covid, what would happen if things turned out not to be what the patient (the majority of the public in this case) were led to believe? What if the treatment they underwent proved to be more harmful than beneficial? This may not be the case with respect to the Covid vaccine, but what if it was?
One in six New York City public employees, which include those working within law enforcement and the fire department, have yet to receive the first dose of a Covid vaccine after the deadline for adhering to the city’s vaccination mandate closed yesterday. Those still unvaccinated will be put on unpaid leave starting from tomorrow, with the city expecting a shortage of workers to place a strain on public services. The Guardian has the story.
Despite opposition to the city’s vaccine mandate fuelled by right wing politicians and media and leading to a protest at City Hall this week, a last-minute rush of jabs boosted the vaccination rate to 83% among police officers, firefighters, garbage collectors and other city workers covered by the mandate as of 8pm on Friday.
That was up from 76% a day earlier.
Workers who have not complied with the requirement will be put on unpaid leave starting on Monday, leaving the city bracing for the possibility of closed firehouses, fewer police and ambulances and mounting trash.
Vaccination rates for the fire and sanitation departments jumped significantly on Friday as workers rushed to meet the deadline for the mandate and an extra incentive: workers who got a shot by Friday would get $500.
The fire department rate rose 8% and the sanitation department saw an additional 10% of its staff vaccinated, according to city data. The fire and sanitation departments each have 23% of staff unvaccinated.
The NYPD had a 5% jump in vaccinations on Friday, leaving 16% of police personnel yet to get a dose.
City officials have been weighing contingencies to deal with an expected staffing shortfall.
The Fire Department said it was prepared to close up to 20% of its companies and have 20% fewer ambulances in service while changing schedules, cancelling vacations and turning to outside EMS providers to make up for expected staffing shortages.
Worth reading in full.
From tomorrow, health teams will visit more than 800 schools to offer the vaccine to children aged between 12 and 15 year-olds. Health Secretary Sajid Javid commented that this vaccination drive is necessary to keep the classroom open by helping prevent Covid outbreaks in schools. BBC News has the story.
More than 600,000 children have been vaccinated since the rollout was extended last month, NHS England said.
Some 163,000 received a jab in the last week after the national booking system was opened up those eligible under 16 years-old.
Last month, the UK’s Chief Medical Officers recommended that children aged between 12 to 15 years-old be offered one dose of a Covid vaccine.
The NHS began the rollout in England on September 20th.
Efforts to vaccinate pupils as many return to the classroom from the half-term break comes as cases in England remain high.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: “The vaccines are safe and will help keep children in the classroom – I encourage everyone to come forward for their jab to protect themselves and the people around them.”
Children can alternatively make an appointment via the national booking system to visit a vaccination centre.
Some 140,000 children have made appointments to book their vaccine over the next few weeks, NHS England said.
Professor Adam Finn, a paediatrician who is a member of the UK vaccine expert group the JCVI, said vaccinating teenagers would “minimise the chance of disruption to education, which is really the major harm that the pandemic has done to our children”.
Worth reading in full.
- “Why this winter won’t be as bleak as the last” – “Most experts believe that barring an unexpected hiccup – such as a new variant which can dodge the vaccine or a catastrophic failure with the booster campaign – it seems increasingly unlikely that the NHS will be overwhelmed by Covid cases this winter,” writes Joe Pinkstone in the Telegraph.
- “The budget is more proof that Britain is turning into an elderly care system with a state attached” – “As many of us pointed out when Sunak introduced the health and social care levy, we were getting not a one-off package to support the NHS in the aftermath of an unexpected disaster but a permanent increase in tax and spending to support an ageing population,” argues Robert Colvile in the Times.
- “The NHS needs structural change, not more tax-payer’s money” – “If the NHS is struggling this much, then there is more than just a staff issue; instead there is an administrative and structural issue,” argues William Parker in Bournbrook Magazine.
- “Winners and losers in the lockdown stakes” – “To paraphrase Orwell, it is worth remembering that in terms of lockdowns all animals are equal but some are more equal than others,” Bill Wright examines the groups that have gained and lost the most through lockdown in the TCW.
- “Covid — vaccinations and masks — a comprehensive analysis of the substantial risks to health” – The use of vaccinations and masks are ineffective against a virus we are still trying to understand as well as bring negative health effects, argues Andrew J. Green in his latest Medium blog.
- “2021 Covid vaccine rollouts are associated with worldwide increases in Covid death rates above 2020 levels” – “Covid vaccine rollouts have not slowed the rate of serious Covid disease or Covid deaths caused by SARS-CoV-2 viral variants,” Kathy Dopp investigates the ineffectiveness of vaccines in Trialsite.
- “The country needs a dose of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to battle Covid” – “Florida has the lowest Covid case rate in the country. They did it without vaccine mandates, without mask mandates in school and with no restrictions on businesses,” Karol Markowicz argues that other political leaders should follow the Florida Governor’s lead in the New York Post.
- “DeSantis sues Biden over federal contractor vaccine mandate” – “The complaint, filed in federal district court in Tampa, calls the policy a ‘radical intrusion on the personal autonomy of American workers,’ and seeks a preliminary nationwide injunction to block it from taking effect,” reports the Hill.
- “Kamala Harris gets her Covid booster shot” – Vice President Kamala Harris jumped the queue as the White House declares that her busy schedule and frequent travel places her in a ‘high risk’ category, reports the Mail.
- The climate summit to nowhere” – “It’s incongruous bordering on the bizarre to organize a summit like this while Europe is battening down for a winter fuel crisis,” writes the WSJ Editorial Board.
- “COP kicks off with another eco-quandary” – The planning for COP26 has been unveiled as a comedic display of errors and unforeseen consequences, writes Steerpike in the Spectator.
- “Teaching of ‘white privilege’ rife in schools despite warnings it is unlawful” – Teachers have been accused of introducing ‘politically biased’ materials to pupils during lessons about police, racism and colonialism, reports the Telegraph.
- “BBC to analyse all of its programmes for potential bias” – Documentaries and CBeebies among those to be held to same impartiality standards of news and current affairs, reports the Telegraph.
- “The woke counter-Enlightenment” – Thomas Henry Huxley’s fierce scepticism makes him an ideal target for modern zealots, Frank Furedi writes on the targeting of this anti-slavery 19th-century scientist by modern progressives in Spiked.
- “Leeds University students demand gender pronouns at meetings” – “Students signed a letter insisting Leeds University’s vice-chancellor Simone Buitendijk also include her pronouns in email signatures to show solidarity with the transgender community,” reports the MailOnline.
- “Minister warns universities: ‘put free speech at risk and you will face consequences’” – Michelle Donelan says the resignation of a professor at the centre of a row with transgender activists should sound alarm bells on campuses, reports the Telegraph.
- “The hounding of Kathleen Stock and what it means for our freedom of speech” – Unless universities discipline groups who bully individuals and causes they take issue with, we’re going so see an awful lot more of this, argues Melanie McDonagh in the Telegraph.
- “Loudoun County and the cruelty of trans ideology” – When a girl was assaulted in a gender-neutral bathroom, the school covered it up and had her father arrested, writes Sean Collins in Spiked.
- “Masks have no place in schools” – Dr. Renee Hoenderkamp speaks to TalkRadio on the harm mask-wearing causes to children.
According to a recent declassified report, U.S. intelligence have remarked that the lab leak theory, which claims that the global spread of Covid began when the virus escaped from a Chinese laboratory by accident, is a plausible explanation, but has stated that the disease was never intended to be a biological weapon. The Telegraph has the story.
The report, which China branded a “farce”, said agencies may never be able to identify the source of the global pandemic but dismissed accusations that Covid was developed as a bioweapon.
Those pushing that theory have been accused of disinformation and had “no direct access” to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, it said.
One intelligence agency said it had “moderate confidence” that the first infection was probably because of a laboratory accident involving experiments and animals at the Wuhan Institute.
The report updates a review ordered by President Joe Biden amid political infighting over how much to blame China rather than governments that may not have moved quickly enough to protect citizens.
Former Republican President Donald Trump – who lost his bid for re-election as the deadly pandemic ravaged the US economy – and many of his supporters referred to Covid as the “China virus.”
The Chinese embassy in Washington said, “The U.S. moves of relying on its intelligence apparatus instead of scientists to trace the origins of Covid is a complete political farce.
“We have been supporting science-based efforts on origins tracing, and will continue to stay actively engaged. That said, we firmly oppose attempts to politicise this issue.”
Worth reading in full.
There’s a good little story on Guido Fawkes that caught my eye. Apparently, the Daily Sceptic is doing rather well.
An article in this week’s New Statesman (“In the Post-Corbyn World, What Next for Alternative Left Media?“) spurred Guido to do some research into their traffic and how they are performing generally. The short answer is not very well in terms of raw audience size. In comparison to right-of-centre political news and opinion sites they are well behind. Like for like The Spectator has double the New Statesman’s readership. To give you an idea how much worse they are faring after the Corbyn-era glory days, consider this, Toby Young’s Daily Sceptic last month alone had more online readers than the New Statesman, Novara Media and Morning Star combined!
Worth reading in full.
Needless to say, all credit should go to the Daily Sceptic‘s employees – Will Jones, Noah Carl, Ian Rons and Luke Perry – as well as our regular contributors and tireless moderators. Well done team!
We’re publishing a guest post on the eve of COP26 by journalist Chris Morrison that asks why journalists and politicians are so willing to accept at face value a scientific hypothesis that relies on the outputs of climate models, given that the track record of those models in predicting the future has so far proved to be very poor?
Delegates gathering in Glasgow for COP26 to try to stop the climate heating up face the rather inconvenient truth that the average temperature in Scotland hasn’t moved for about 15 years. Indeed IPCC members might wish to cast a new hockey temperature stick. With the handle now stretched along the horizontal, rather than the vertical, it can replace the previous climate mascot – long gone after some unseemly disputes over the surprise abolition of the medieval warming period and the subsequent mini ice age.
The delegates plan to stay for two weeks. One must hope they have packed warm clothing. For years, average November temperatures in Scotland have been dropping like a stone. It’s so bad that temperatures are falling to levels last seen in the ‘90s – the 1890s.
These trends are not confined to Scotland. Met Office figures show a similar pattern for the U.K. In fact, the 2010s were colder across the U.K. than the 2000s – a fall in average temperature from 9.3C to 9.17C, again according to official Met Office figures. On a global level, both highly accurate satellite measurements and surface measurements show that there has been no warming for seven years – and counting.
According to a recent study published in the Lancet, those who have received a Covid vaccine are just as likely as the unvaccinated to transmit the Delta variant within a household setting. In addition, researchers uncovered that both the unvaccinated and the vaccinated had a similar viral load of the disease when infected, with 25% of vaccinated household contacts contracting the disease. The Hill has the story.
According to the study published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, people who contracted Covid had a similar viral load regardless of whether they had been vaccinated. The study further found that 25% of vaccinated household contacts contracted Covid while 38% of unvaccinated individuals were diagnosed with the disease.
Researchers examined 621 symptomatic participants in the United Kingdom over a year.
“Although vaccines remain highly effective at preventing severe disease and deaths from Covid, our findings suggest that vaccination is not sufficient to prevent transmission of the Delta variant in household settings with prolonged exposures”, the study said.
In contrast, researchers noted that the vaccination was more effective at curbing transmission of the Alpha variant within the household, at between 40 and 50%.
“Increasing population immunity via booster programmes and vaccination of teenagers will help to increase the currently limited effect of vaccination on transmission, but our analysis suggests that direct protection of individuals at risk of severe outcomes, via vaccination and non-pharmacological interventions, will remain central to containing the burden of disease caused by the Delta variant”, the researchers wrote.
Worth reading in full.