Conspiracy Theorist – A badge I will wear with pride
by Martin Hanson
People who don’t let governments and media do their thinking for them are labelled with the thought-stopping ‘conspiracy theorist’ when they come to conclusions contrary to official narratives.
Now consider this: Dr. Mike Ryan, World Health Organisation Executive Director, has recently been reported as stating that 750 million people or 10 percent of the global population have probably been infected with coronavirus.
According to the “Covid-19 pandemic worldometer”, global deaths on October 6 totalled 1,052,476.
The two points I have raised are just two ‘dots’ in the mass of freely and publicly available data. But 1,052,476 deaths are about 0.13 percent of the global population, not significantly different from the global death rate of seasonal ‘flu of 0.1 percent (Wikipedia).
To fight this ‘deadly virus’ New Zealand and many other countries have wrecked their economies as a direct result of various degrees of lockdown. The direct result has been a massive increase in unemployment, but the indirect result has been an increase in non-Covid deaths. The UK Daily Telegraph (Sept 2) reported that non-Covid deaths had surged as a result of delayed diagnoses and treatments for potentially life-threatening conditions such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.
The official justification for this is that the loss of freedom in lockdown is painful but necessary to “keep people safe”. The UK has a ‘worldometer’ Covid mortality of 624 per million. So it’s pertinent to ask why in Sweden, with a mortality of 582 per million has had no lockdown from the beginning and life has continued as normal.
This calls for an explanation because as UK Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said in a Downing Street media briefing on May 11, that the great majority of people will not die from Covid-19 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adj8MCsZKlg&t=81s:
· Over the whole epidemic, even if there is no vaccine, a high proportion will not get it.
· Of those who do, a significant proportion (exact number not yet clear) have no symptoms; they won’t know they have it.
· Of the symptomatic cases, the great majority, probably 80 percent, will have a mild or moderate disease. It might be bad enough for them to have to go to bed for a few days, but not bad enough for them to have to go to the doctor.
· An unfortunate minority will have to go to hospital, but the majority of those will just need only oxygen and will then leave hospital.
· A minority of those will end up having to go to severe and critical care, and some of these will die.
· But even in the highest risk group this is significantly less than 20 percent i.e. the great majority of people, even in the highest risk group, if they catch this virus, will not die.
So it’s strange that UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said during a media briefing on May 25 that if and when a coronavirus vaccine becomes available, he hoped everyone would have it, but he did not rule out making it mandatory for all.
And on June 26, a paper by Michelle M. Mello, Ross D. Silverman, and Saad B. Omer in the New England Journal of Medicine called for compulsory Covid vaccination, outlining strategies for forcing Americans to take it.
Why should governments even contemplate making a vaccine compulsory against a disease which, according to the UK Chief Medical Officer, poses no threat to life for the vast majority?
One doesn’t need a tinfoil hat to wonder if Bill Gates, who has on numerous occasions publicly declared his ambition to vaccinate all 7.8 billion of us, might have an interest. As a billionaire “philanthropist”, with widely reported financial links to the pharmaceutical industry, he would stand to make a killing.
As one who raises such issues, ‘conspiracy theorist’ is a badge I’ll wear with pride.
International health data and experience is showing that New Zealand’s lockdown is unnecessary, and even more harmful than the problem we’re trying to solve.
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Dr Grant Schofield – Professor of Public Health, AUT, Auckland
Dr Gerhard Sundborn – Senior lecturer of Population and Pacific Health, University of Auckland.
Dr Grant Morris – Associate Professor of Law, Victoria University of Wellington.
Dr Ananish Chaudhuri- Professor of Experimental Economics, University of Auckland and Visiting Professor of Public Policy and Decision Making, Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA
Dr Michael Jackson – Postdoctoral researcher with expertise in biostatistics and biodiscovery, University of Wellington
“It was a dramatic event that has continued to invite speculation in public as well as corners of the internet ever since,’’ he said.
“Even in New Zealand, around a third of us endorse the idea that the US Government knew about in advance, or actively planned, the 9/11 attacks.’’
Wilson said the results of the new study undermined the academic consensus regarding conspiracy theories.
“A strong reading is that we should bin the control hypothesis and focus on another candidate for best explanation of conspiracy belief. But we don’t have many more obvious candidates.”
“There are a bunch of situations where it is perfectly rational to believe in a theory about a conspiracy,” says Dr M R.X. Dentith, a research fellow at Waikato University who studies conspiracy theories.
“The question is, at what point do we say what’s going on here is irrational, and the conspiracies people are putting forward are unwarranted.”
New Zealand has been a popular destination for conspiracy theorists. In 2009, US conspiracy theorist Richard Gage – a prominent figure among those who claim the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre were orchestrated by the US government – visited Wellington and spoke to a crowd of more than 600 people at Te Papa.
So many people turned up, the meeting had to be broadcast on screens into a spillover room. Gage later said it was the largest crowd he had drawn in his years of speeches on the topic.
We are saddened to hear the news this morning of Jeanette Fitzsimons who passed away late last night. Jeanette Fitzsimons is a signatory on the Political Leaders of 911 truth Website and met with Richard Gage, AIA in Wellington when he spoke at Te Papa in November 2009.
From the Statement of Jeanette Fitzsimons, Co-leader of the New Zealand Green Party since 1995, and member of the House of Representatives since 1999
There is so much that does not make sense about the official version of 911. I have read all 600 plus pages of “Crossing the Rubicon” and it appears to me to be well researched, though I still have an open mind on the matter of what exactly did happen. It is time we knew the truth one way or another, and an independent enquiry is the way to achieve this. If we do not know the truth of our history it will compromise our future.
Perhaps, it was reading Mike Ruppert’s examination of 911 and the geo-political relationship to Peak Oil in his book Crossing the Rubicon that may have lead her to be one of the first signers of the Political leaders for 911 truth petition. I remember that when Jeanette Fitzsimons met with Richard Gage, AIA in Wellington in November 2009, she had with her Ruppert’s book Crossing the Rubicon which was open at the appendix where the document Operation Northwoods was displayed. One of her first questions To Mr Gage was “Tell me is this document true?”
We thank Jeanette Fitzsimons for her courage and leadership in giving her support to a new 9/11 investigation and for her service to Aotearoa, New Zealand. May she rest in peace.
January 28th, 2020
By Darius Shahtahmasebi
Last month the coalition government declared the end of New Zealand Defence Force deployments in Iraq. The announcement was silent, however, about the future of another deployment of New Zealand personnel, to a U.S. military base in the Middle East that has attracted controversy thanks to its role at the center of a large proportion of U.S. bombing missions in the region.
The base is called the Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) and it is located at the Al-Udeid airbase in the small Persian Gulf nation of Qatar. Bombing missions that have been controlled from the base – where aircraft take off and land every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day – are implicated in large numbers of civilian casualties.
A recent issue of Air Force News revealed that a senior air force officer, Group Captain Shaun Sexton, served a six-month posting at the Qatar base; placing New Zealanders at the heart of the main targeting and bombing center in that region. The presence of New Zealand staff at the base has been kept largely quiet by the New Zealand military before now.
Last month, the New Zealand government delivered its decision to withdraw NZDF personnel from Iraq by next year. But what of Qatar? A spokesperson for NZDF told the Spinoff that “NZDF personnel based in the Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) operate under a separate mandate to the NZDF personnel in Iraq. This mandate has been approved until 2020.” Whether they intend to maintain the postings to the Qatar base after 2020 remains unclear.
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