1155 Inquiry into CoViD




A story has been picked up by the Epoch Times about a Cross Party Inquiry into the Australian Government's Response to COVID-19, chaired by Malcolm Roberts, with George Christensen and Craig Kelly, among others.


Wikipedia: The Epoch Times is a far-right multi-language newspaper based in New York City with websites in 35 countries. The Epoch Times promotes far-right politicians in Europe, and has championed former President Trump in the U.S. ... a 2019 report by NBC News showed it to be the second-largest funder of pro-Trump Facebook advertising after the Trump campaign. The Epoch Media Group's news sites and YouTube channels have spread conspiracy theories such as QAnon and anti-vaccine misinformation, and false claims of election fraud in the 2020 US presidential election. In 2020, The New York Times called it a "global-scale misinformation machine".


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Indeed ... the SMH reports (19 May 2022) that an inquiry is called for, instigated by a couple whose daughter died of blood clots after vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine: 


"Experts say a transparent critique of the government’s continued pandemic response should examine decisions about the vaccine rollout, supply, communication, treatments and planning for future variants.


“There is a very strong argument for doing an inquiry into the government’s management of the pandemic that should include things like vaccine policy and treatments,” Ian Kerridge, a haematologist and professor of bioethics and medicine at the University of Sydney, said."


"There were 88 confirmed cases of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) in Australia, from more than 13.8 million AstraZeneca COVID-19 doses. 11 people died from the vaccine, including 8 from TTS."


The point is, every death should be investigated ... there are about 450 deaths every day in Australia!


Editorial


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By Caden Pearson, March 23, 2022 ... an update on March 24 refers to Dr. Peter McCullough, a specialist given voice in the inquiry, thus:


McCullough is a professor of medicine at Texas A&M College of Medicine in Dallas and is the editor of two medical journals. He has put his career on the line to express his views on the COVID-19 jabs in a climate in the United States where state medical boards have threatened to revoke the licenses of doctors based on the spreading of unidentified “misinformation.”


From the Epoch Times:


A group of Australian MPs have convened a cross-party inquiry into the country’s response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, hearing from experts and victims of the state and federal government’s epidemic measures.





Chaired by Queensland One Nation Sen. Malcolm Roberts, the cross-party inquiry includes Coalition Queensland federal MP George Christensen, New South Wales United Australia Party leader MP Craig Kelly ...


Malcolm Roberts is known for his climate change denial and as a proponent of global warming conspiracy theories. Already a year ago he shared misinformation on COVID-19 vaccine adverse effects (ABC), purportedly highlighting side effects associated with the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines. Senator Roberts shared a post, which appeared on a Twitter profile, that regularly shares widely debunked conspiracy theories.


Nationals MP George Christensen recently copped condemnation from federal parliament for spreading misinformation about COVID-19.


Craig Kelly has been widely criticised for spreading misinformation on social media. He has given a platform to numerous conspiracy theories, and has propagated climate change denial and falsehoods regarding COVID-19.


... as well as Queensland One Nation state MP Stephen Andrew, South Australian Coalition Sen. Gerard Rennick, South Australian Coalition Sen. Alex Antic, and more.


Parliamentarians heard from a range of Doctors, experts, economists and everyday people about how the Government's response to COVID has affected them and at times defied belief. The absurdity of Chief Health Officer dictates and power hungry politicians is all laid bare.


Among the speakers at the inquiry on March 23 was Dr. Phillip Altman, an Australian authority on clinical trials and regulatory affairs with decades of experience, who has challenged the prevailing narrative against the use of ivermectin in treating COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2.


I have previously commented on an article by Phillip Altman:


1110 The Who, How and Why of COVID-19

A Quadrant essay referencing Craig Kelly and
adapting his 'science' re. alternative meds


Dr Phillip Altman has a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons), a Bachelor and Masters of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy. He works as a clinical trial and regulatory affairs pharmaceutical industry consultant with more than 40 years experience in designing, managing and reporting clinical trials. Dr Altman has dealt extensively with the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration throughout his career.


In photos obtained by The Epoch Times, Altman is seen presenting slides on what he calls a “tsunami of misinformation”.




This included that lockdowns were useful in stopping the spread of the virus, gene-based COVID-19 vaccines were “safe,” children needed to be injected with gene-based vaccines, paper and cloth protective masks were effective, and that early treatment of COVID-19 was not necessary, among others.


Another slide refers to a "Masterclass In Marketing":




Below are comments re. the article on the Epoch Times website:


"I love every last one of these men for standing for right and good for people, the public, who have no legal or effective action they can take against morally destitute govt and Labor opposition in Australia. May the Lord Jesus bless them in all they do and say and their families. These men and the public who have tried to highlight the wrong-doing of our institutions … I hope there will be legal action taken against the lies and deception of govt and opposition Labor, in misrepresenting and outright lying about an unproven and invasive formula."


"This group of MP’s convening this cross-party inquiry are the politicians we must ALL vote for at the next Federal election. They are the only group fighting for the rights and freedoms of the Australian people."


"In this nasty world of Communist/Left wing/Marxists governments; big Tech trying to strip us of our rights and freedoms to express our views and opinions; stolen elections; dark money; chaos all over the place – this group of MPs are our heroes championing our rights to decide for ourselves what is best for our bodies and our way of life."


"Bravo to this group of MPs and those real doctors and real scientists who are advising and supporting them. They are taking on the establishment which has mismanaged the pandemic, costing Australia billions of dollars and tragically the deaths of many, many people."


"What a fantastic breath of fresh air. It will be interesting to see if this ever gets to the mainstream media."


"The socialist state of Australia is pathetic. So sad."


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The list of Medical Specialsist aiding the Covid Inquiry  includes Dr. Brian Tyson, who claims he's cured 1,700 CoViD patients with Hydroxychloroquine; Dr. Peter Andrew McCullough who was previously noted for having promoted misinformation about COVID-19, the COVID-19 vaccine, and COVID-19 treatments; Dr. Pierre Kory, who during his testimony in Dec. 2020 to the U.S. Senate regarding COVID-19 erroneously claimed the antiparasitic medication ivermectin was a ‘wonder drug’ with ‘miraculous effectiveness’ against COVID; Dr. Phillip Altman, who has challenged the prevailing narrative against the use of ivermectin in treating COVID-19.


In January 2022 the Guardian Australia reported there were growing calls for an inquiry into Australia’s Covid response. Nationals Matt Canavan and Sam McMahon and Liberal Gerard Rennick backed a push from the crossbench and Labor who called for a royal commission or similar inquiry into Australia’s Covid pandemic response. Canavan told the Guardian “we need a full and comprehensive inquiry, but I think that needs to wait until the pandemic is over”.


SMH:

New inquiry must look at whether our COVID choices were cost-effective; Professor Catherine Bennett, chair of epidemiology at Deakin University:


An independent inquiry, called by philanthropic sources rather than government, led by Professor Peter Shergold, was announced. Its job is to unpack Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The panel charged with collating and distilling the lessons from the public submission process includes some serious input from the health and medical perspective.


Previous inquiries established into aspects of our response have at times seemed like blame exercises, and that can run the risk of shutting information flow down, focussing on finding scapegoats or evading responsibility. It may have more hope of delivering practical recommendations. There have been lessons learnt already that will form part of the hard-earned positive legacy of this pandemic, but there were also policies and actions that were not evidence-based and that have yet to be evaluated.


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Dr. Altman's presentation is now on Rumble, as is the entire CoViD Under Question inquiry by Malcolm Roberts.


Wikipedia: Rumble is a video platform popular among American right-leaning users. Former US President Donald Trump joined Rumble after he was expelled from Twitter and Facebook. Researchers studying conspiracy theories and misinformation about COVID-19 noted that several content creators have gained a receptive audience on Rumble after their productions have been pulled from YouTube or Facebook.


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I introduce my response to the above with a reference to the teachings of

J. Krishnamurti.


One of my favourite books by K is "Freedom from the Known" ... the gist of the book is this: If you want to know the truth, to begin with, you must disabuse yourself of everything you know, all you have learnt, any beliefs you hold.


While that may sound dramatic, the application of that advice is simple:


When considering an issue that is contrary to your beliefs and you want to find out the truth, approach it with an open - indeed an empty - mind; i.e. disregard everything you know about it ... and immerse yourself in the contrary view.


Once one is thoroughly informed thus, one is in the position to compare the two takes on the issue ... the old one - and the alternate one.


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I expect the Cross Party Inquiry into the Australian Government's Response to COVID-19 to be infused with conspiracy theories, mis- as well as dis-information, alternative facts and half- as well as un-truths (post truth?). 


So far I have not seen it picked up or actually dealt with by the 'Mainstream Media'; indeed, I have not seen the information provided in the inquiry fact checked by immunologists and epidemiologists, the specialists in the area of vaccinations.


It is clear to me that the inquiry is a hatchet job by the usual suspects: science and climate change deniers, people with the agenda of denying the efficacy of the CoViD vaccination regime that has been so successful in Australia.


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Phillip Altman headlines his presentation thus:


TSUNAMI OF MISINFORMATION


Indeed.

I watched ten minutes of his talk, then I stopped. Why? For two reasons:

1) I have no idea what he is talking about; I don't know any of the science.

2) I stopped when he mentioned ‘fear-mongering’ and used as 'proof' prof. Paul Kelly's warning that 150,000 people might die from CoViD.


That reminds me of the Y2K bug: Computers didn't write years in four digits but in two, so they would not be able to tell the difference between 1900 and 2000, which might cause untold problems (plains falling out of the sky; financial systems decending into meltdown etc.) In the 1990s, over many years, computers world-wide had to be re-programmed, at a cost of approx. US$300b. As a result, what happened on 1 Jan. 2000?

Not much.

Thank God.


In all sincerity, I ask, if my doctor says to me, "if you don't take that medicine (my insulin), you'll die" ... do I consider that fear-mongering? No, I take the medicine. Australians took the medicine. They got vaccinated. 

Thank God.


Australians got vaccinated by the millions; how many died in the end? Some 6,000 ... thanks to the government's 'fear-mongering'!


So when it comes to the talking points in Dr. Altman's presentation, I consider them mis-information. His stance to my mind - solely going by the accepted sciences - is outright dangerous, when people end up convinced that it is not necessary to get vaccinated ... it's enough to take ivermectin.

ivermectin | ˌīvərˈmektin | noun | a compound used as an anthelmintic in veterinary medicine and as a treatment for river blindness

From where I stand his cry that the 'Mainstream Media' is censoring information around CoViD and vaccinations is disingenuous; it is obviously because alternative facts and un-truths are not dealt with in the serious media ... they just simply don't get past the fact checking departments.


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ABC: The world has recorded 5 million COVID-19 deaths, but the real toll is likely more than double that


Two years into a pandemic the world has now reported its 5 millionth COVID-19 death. But a leading international expert on disease burden and health statistics, believes 5 million is a very inaccurate count of the pandemic's death toll … the actual figure is likely to be between 12 and 15 million.


Many people have died without ever knowing they have the virus. Others who died from non-COVID causes may not have done so if hospital systems had not been so stretched. Other COVID-19 deaths have occurred outside the health system, and were therefore never counted in the official toll.


Irish Times: Covid deaths would be 10 times higher without vaccines ...


… which realistically could bring the potential CoViD death toll - without vaccines - world wide to between 120,000,000 and 150,000,000.


Johns HopkinsMedicine: Coronavirus vs. Flu Deaths


The World Health Organization estimates 290,000 to 650,000 people die of flu-related causes every year worldwide. COVID-19 deaths are thought to be 10 times or more than that of most strains of the flu.


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Let me make a categorical statement about CoViD, vaccinations and mis- as well as dis-information, as I understand it. To begin with: I don't have an opinion on CoViD related issues and I do N O T do my own research ... for a very simple reason: I haven't got the foggiest about the science. I simply know nothing. I rely on experts in the field.


1107 CoViD Facts and their Sources

Three people to listen to about CoViD
and vaccinations

Where then do I get my information from when I comment on the issues? 

I refer to what conspiracy theorists call "The Mainstream Media", above all:


Academic rigour, journalistic flair

Who we are:


The Conversation Australia and New Zealand is a unique collaboration between academics and journalists that in just 10 years has become the world’s leading publisher of research-based news and analysis.


So where has "not doing my own research" led me? As far as CoViD vaccinations is concerned, this is my stance:


In the past 100 years our life expectancy has doubled. This is mainly for two reasons:


1) life-style changes like better working conditions, better nutrition and hygiene, access to clean water, better education


2) medical interventions, above all vaccinations


Vaccines have been called the most successful medical intervention in human history. More than a dozen and a half vaccines have been invented since the Second World War, which have eradicated or mitigated many diseases.


So, do medicines - including vaccines - save lives? Of course they do ... in fact just this century more than a hundred million lives were saved by vaccinations ...


... and vaccines are recognised to be extremely safe, including the various CoViD vaccines. Of course some people will experience side effects, but they're minute in comparison to the good the vaccines do.


Vox:The extraordinary success of Covid-19 vaccines, in two charts


Vox explains the news. We live in a world of too much information and too little context. Too much noise and too little insight. And so Vox's journalists candidly shepherd audiences through politics and policy, business and pop culture, food, science, and everything else that matters.


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For the record:


History of Vaccines: Since WWII many viral diseases had vaccines invented for their prevention, like Polio, Measels, Influenza, Chickenpocks, Mumps, Wooping Cough, Cholera, Typhoid, Diphtheria, Tuberculosis, Smallpox, Yellow Fever, Meningococcal, Hepatitis A, Pertussis etc …

Our World in Data: Reasonable estimates of lives saved due to vaccinations are in the range of around 5 million lives per year, which implies that between 1980 and 2018 around 150 to 200 million lives have been saved.

THECONVERSATION:Millions are rejecting one of humanity’s best weapons for saving lives: Vaccine

Vaccination has been the most successful medical procedure ever introduced. It has saved more lives than any other intervention. The risk of serious adverse reactions has remained extraordinarily low for all modern vaccines;” again: ... COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, “under the most intense safety monitoring in United States history”.

CNN: Covid-19 vaccines saved nearly 280,000 lives in the US

Google search: "How many Deaths from CoViD?" As of June 2021 there have been about 207m cases of CoViD 19, and approx. 4.35m deaths; it is reasonable to suggest that millions of deaths have been prevented by the CoViD vaccines administered.

THE CONVERSATION: Your unvaccinated friend is roughly 20 times more likely to give you COVID

THE CONVERSATION: Ivermectin is a Nobel Prize-winning wonder drug - but not for COVID-19


SMH: How a false science 'cure' became Australia'scontribution to the pandemic


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A comparison of the CoViD death rates: in Sweden (with half the case rate) it was three times as many as in Australia, which has 2.5 x Sweden's population.


Sweden had a 'no-lock-down' policy:  Washington Post:  "We saved our economy, but too many people died. Others should not emulate our pandemic strategy" ... 


... had Australia done so, the death toll could have been (2.5 x 3 x 6,383 =) 47,872. Another calculation could be [{25 : 10 =} 2.5 x 18,365 =] 45,912


Without lock-downs Australia could have had tens of thousands of CoViD deaths ... an indication that Australia's handling of the pandemic was very successful.


Australia:

Population 25M

CoViD cases 4.72M

CoViD Deaths 6,383


Sweden:

Population 10m

CoViD Cases 2.49M

CoViD Deaths 18,365


A comparison: 


In 2019 ca. 812 people died from the flu in Australia (Pharmacy Guild of Aus). 

CoViD Deaths 6,383


CDC: In the US the flu has resulted in 12,000 - 52,000 deaths annually between 2010 and 2020 ... against close to a million deaths from CoViD over two years.


Some say CoViD is just another flu ... yeah, right. 


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AAP FACTCHECK:

COVID vaccine deaths claim falls short on data coverage


A UK website that frequently publishes COVID-19 vaccine misinformation has turned its attention to Australia, claiming that the country has experienced significantly more deaths from the coronavirus vaccines than all others combined over a period of 50 years.


However, the claim is based on a distortion of data on adverse reactions published by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), Australia’s medical regulatory agency, repeating similar falsehoods shared about COVID-19 vaccine rollouts in other countries.


Claim:


Australia has recorded 12 times more deaths due to COVID-19 vaccines than from all other vaccines combined over 50 years.


False.


The claim misrepresents vaccine adverse event reports, which do not show causality. 11 deaths have been linked to COVID-19 vaccines in Australia to date.


According to its latest COVID-19 vaccine safety report, dated 27 January 2022, the TGA had received and reviewed 755 reports of deaths following vaccinations. Of these, only 11 had been identified as being linked to the vaccines themselves. All occurred following the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.


“Review of these individual reports and patterns of reporting does not suggest that the vaccines played a role in the vast majority of these (reported) deaths.”


More than 19.6 million people had received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose in Australia as of 26 January, while over 48.7 million vaccine doses had been administered. As experts previously explained to AAP FactCheck, more than 400 Australians die each day on average, which meant some coincidental deaths following vaccination would inevitably be recorded.


Facts matter.


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But, but, but ...


... "don't you know, they are lying to us". Who's 'they'?

Well, "the Government ... and the 'Mainstream Media'," of course.


But who exactly does the lying? A government official? Which one?

The Health Minister? The Premier? The Prime Minister?

A spokesperson - who briefs the spokesperson?


And who in the 'Mainstream Media' are the ones lying? Are 'they' the editors? Or the journalists? Is it Rupert Murdoch maybe, who tells his editors: "Go ahead, report that vaccinations are required to beat CoViD; but  do not  tell them the truth (as per YouTube, Facebook, Instagram) that it would be better to just take a substance commonly used for infections in horses, which are caused by parasites, such as mites and worms. You  must  suppress that info."


And then Rupert Murdoch - although he knows better, he knows it's a lie - successfully convinced all other media professionals to report that un-truth, that vaccinations are required to beat CoViD, and NOT to tell the REAL truth - as per social media - that there are actually better cures.


So the question is, do they know they're lying (promulgating dis-information) or do they simply pass on mis-information unknowingly? Do they lie by omission, where they just suppress information?


How does this work?


We need to get to the bottom of this.



 
 



























 

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