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Stick a pin in these, aka. my little laundry list

This is a feed of information and analysis with regards to the current outbreak of covid 19. The feed goes against and questions the prevailing consensus and I am putting it together solely out of what I garner from legitimate sources that are checkable. 

I want to say right at the top that I do not think that this illness is a hoax or an invention. It is obviously real. However, from the very start of it I have had highly worrying questions as to whether it is something that goes beyond past epidemics to the extent that a shutting down of the world economy in order to prevent a greater contagion can be justified. What especially worries me is the open ended nature of these now almost universal lock downs, for the ending of which countries seem to constantly move the goal posts, ever and ever further away.

I also want to say right at the start that I do not subscribe to any of the conspiracy theories that are fabricated around this. If anything, I find them ridiculous and hysterical in equal measure. Therefore, what I am keeping track of and sharing on this page comes only from sources such as government websites, EU institutions, and analyses from acclaimed scientists and scholars. I have also come across cases of drastically revised (downgraded) data that has initially been high enough to put governments across the globe into tailspins that led them to make what I consider to be very ill-advised and hasty decisions, and their populations to accept these policies unquestioningly, for which humanity may end up paying for very dearly for decades to come. These go into this feed as well. Influential public figures who say one thing on the mainstream media, whipping up fear, and then make far more conservative, well thought out statements in lesser known forums, those I put in here as well.

If you are interested to hear more about what I think, my feelings and fears related to what the world is going through right now, there are other posts on this blog which are written in a much looser, far more emotional manner. Please go to the main page of the blog where you will find them all.


Swiss Propaganda Research's Covid 19 Facts page: Probably the most comprehensive compilation to be found online on this topic. Everything they put on this massive list is verified, either linked to official government documents or if those cannot be located to creditable news sources. It is the same methodology that I am trying to employ on my own list, but of course as an organization they can do this much much better than I could ever hope to do:

The Euromomo graphs: The European Monitoring of Excess Mortality for Public Health Action (EuroMOMO) is an international partnership of agencies from 24 European nations aiming to promote preparedness for public health emergencies. They track “excess mortality”, meaning the number of officially recorded deaths vs the average death rate.
What is seen in the graph below is the excess mortality waves between 2016 and the current point in time, with a slight delay due to notifications of death registrations from member states. We can see that Covid 19 is indeed causing excess mortality this year. What is noteworthy however is that the current graph has a very marked narrow peak which is quite different from previous excess mortality waves over the past 4 years. While in previous seasons the peak seems to spread itself out, resulting in very large numbers of deaths (152.000 deaths in 2017-2018) over many weeks, the one this year has a peak that is higher, however (at least to date) is much narrower. Which may suggest a lower total death number to that of 2017-2018 once the epidemic completes its life span. However, this peak may also broaden over the weeks to come which may result in a much greater number of deaths this year than what we saw in previous years.

However, there may also end up being another explanation for the sudden spike we are seeing in the momo graphs, which seems to have come about since the instigation of the lock-downs across Europe and the UK. Since Euromomo compiles all registered deaths regardless of what the cause of death may be, the graph below which was compiled by UKColumn out of the UK Office of National Statistics deaths registry data:

The dotted red line at the end of the graph denotes covid 19 death registries only. The red colored area between these and other death registries line (suicides, overdoses, murders, and especially failures to seek treatment for conditions such as cancer and heart failures, etc) may indicate a marked increase in deaths that are not a cause of the virus itself but of the lock down policies implemented in the UK.

The website: On March 19th the British government put a notice on the their website which declares that covid 19 is no longer considered to be a high risk infectious disease:
The downgrade was made just a few days before the country was put into a draconian lock down. This was never announced to the public, instead it was concealed somewhere in a vast government website where only someone obsessive enough to look for such stuff would come across it. Well, someone did. And here it is. I have made a screenshot of this since I am not sure that this post will stay up for long. It is such an immense contradiction after all.

The 12 Experts, to which were then added 10 more:
Note that these aren't just your common or garden type experts. Look at their titles, their positions. The positions that they held during their long careers. Pre-eminent would be the right word, I think.
And then there were added 8 more:

I am going to take the liberty of adding a study of my own to this page. As a graphic designer who has also worked in information visualization, one of my earliest questions was with regards to the visualization of the data, which in my view has hugely contributed to the fear that this outbreak has caused across the world. Instead of presenting viewers with percentages, all sites and news channels presented graphs of accumulated numbers in which the lines inevitably shot up and up since the numbers of each day were getting added onto the numbers of all the previous days. However, if percentages are derived from the exact same numbers (for which test numbers are also needed as denominators of course) one gets an entirely different picture. And this other picture will give us a much better idea as to how fast and how wide the sickness is spreading. There is a separate post on this blog where I show bigger diagrams and explain things a bit more. But I want to put a combined image of the 2 graphs that I put together in order to illustrate my point here as well:

Why does Taiwan, with a population of almost 24 million only have 322 cases and 5 deaths, as of March 31st? With only very mild containment measures, certainly nothing like a lock-down of their economy? And why has Taiwan become a huge problem for above mentioned WHO?

Dr. Fauci - the man who effectively put the USA in lock down, notes in an editorial that he wrote for the New England Journal of Medicine on February 28th that "If one assumes that the number of asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic cases is several times as high as the number of reported cases, the case fatality rate may be considerably less than 1%. This suggests that the overall clinical consequences of Covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza (which has a case fatality rate of approximately 0.1%) or a pandemic influenza (similar to those in 1957 and 1968) rather than a disease similar to SARS or MERS, which have had case fatality rates of 9 to 10% and 36%, respectively."
If so - then why has Dr. Fauci made public declarations - dated long after this publication - in which he stated that covid 19 was 10 times more deadly than influenza? (Note, April 21: Until just a few days ago there was a link pasted here which captured one of the good doctor's speeches on the grave danger we were facing. When you go to this link today, all you get are some nice pictures and the text. The video itself is gone. Make of it what you will.)

And again, here's the screengrab of the NEJM text - just in case. What I copy pasted above is highlighted:

Dr. Knut Wittkowski, for twenty years the head of The Rockefeller University Hospital's Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design, says that social distancing and lockdown is absolutely the worst way to deal with an airborne respiratory virus. Further, he offers data to show that China and South Korea had already reached their peak number of cases when they instituted their containment measures. In other words, nature had already achieved, or nearly achieved, herd immunity:
Update April 29th:
(Note: The original videos were uploaded to youtube by Journeyman Pictures, a very well regarded documentary film producer. Once it was seen that they were reaching very high viewing numbers they were taken down by youtube - a practice that is now standard on that platform when it comes to any type of dissenting opinion. Someone had the presence of mind to upload them to Bitchute however, hence the links here.)

The Imperial College computer model downgrades death estimates from 500000 to 20000 after only one day of UK lock down, basing this revision on the effectiveness of the lock down - as I said, after only one day of it having been instigated:

Steve Goodman, professor of epidemiology at Stanford University: Though death rate figures of around 1% have been tossed around, Goodman says he’s skeptical that anyone knows the death rate of this disease since we don’t know the true rates of infection.

No comment. Just look at what the orange wedge up there represents.

Lord Sumption, former justice of the UK supreme court appears on BBC Radio 4's World at One, and explains how we are at risk of descending into authoritarianism.

Dr. John Ioannidis of Stanford University questions whether the way in which the Coronavirus is being dealt with is a fiasco in the making, since the decisions are made without reliable data:
Follow up, April 20th in which Dr. Ioannidis discusses the results of three preliminary studies, (including his latest, which shows a drastically reduced infection fatality rate); the worrisome effects of the lockdown; the Swedish approach; the Italian data; the ups and downs of testing; the feasibility of "contact tracing".

The harrowing tale of Nurse Erin Olszewski from inside "the epicenter of the epicenter", Elmhurst hopsital, NY:
And here is a followup interview conducted by Del Bigtree of the Highwire:
Note: This video has been posted by Journeyman pictures onto their youtube channel where it has gotten over a million views. Which means that it could be taken down any minute now, as has previously happened to Dr. Ioannides's and Knut Wittkowski's interviews. Hence the bitchute link for the actual documentary.

An internal investigation document of the German Ministry of the Interior questions the approach that the German Ministry of Health has taken towards the covid 19 crisis. What is particularly noteworthy are the numbers given out on the very first page, which I have highlighted in blue: "While the flu season of 2017-2018 saw 1.5 million deaths globally the number of covid related deaths during the first quarter of the year remain at 250.000." Since then this number has of course increased to 494.000, there nevertheless remains a massive discrepancy of 3 to 1 halfway through the year. The 80+ pages long document is published here on the European Military Press Association's website:

Only 12% of covid19 deaths list covid19 as cause of death in Italy, with a median age of 80.5 and only 0.8% of the deceased having had no pre-existing chronic illnesses:

Questioning Conventional Wisdom in the COVID-19 Crisis, with Jay Bhattacharya who is a professor of medicine at Stanford University. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a senior fellow at both the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and the Stanford Freeman Spogli Institute. His March 24, 2020, article in the Wall Street Journal questions the premise that “coronavirus would kill millions without shelter-in-place orders and quarantines.” In the article he suggests that “there’s little evidence to confirm that premise—and projections of the death toll could plausibly be orders of magnitude too high.”

The Imperial College model versus the Oxford Group model:

CDC tells hospitals to list covid as cause of death even if you're just assuming or it only contributed:
I do not know this publication. However, I did click on the link for the CDc notification that they provided, and here it is:
Again a screengrab may be in order, relevant part highlighted:

But why even wade through government documents when we have it right here, straight from the horse's mouth:
And then a few days later - this: (Note: I had been looking far and wide for this second short statement to add to this post, but had not been able to find it. Or rather I only kept seeing it inside very long videocasts which I did not want to link to here. A short clip of this news briefing that showed only what the Illinois Director Dept. of Health had to say was not to be found anywhere. I came across it finally by sheer accident on this channel. I have no idea who the youtuber is herself, cannot vouch for her or her channel. Not that is should make any difference, what one hears on the clip is real enough.)

Even the World Economic Forum seems to be getting somewhat concerned at this point, as appears to be at least one member of the CFR, Nina Schwalbe, who wrote this article on their site:
Which, unlike a lot of absurd people out there who are blaming the 1% for all this, does not surprise me even one tiny little bit. I am only surprised that they left it as late as this. Personally, I would have been screaming on day 1, even if I only had a fraction of what they stand to lose in all this.

32% unemployment and 47 million out of work: The Fed just issued an alarming forecast for next quarter as the coronavirus continues to spread:
Please note that the highest unemployment rates during the Great Depression in the USA was 25% as a basic google search will show you.

Minnesota State Senator Scott Jensen (a medical doctor himself) appeared on a local news show to report that doctors were receiving instructions from the Minnesota Department of Health to report Covid19 as a cause of death, even if the patient was never tested.

Nearly 10% of people aged over 80 will die in the next year, Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter, at the University of Cambridge, points out, and the risk of them dying if infected with coronavirus is almost exactly the same. "Many people who die of Covid [the disease caused by coronavirus] would have died anyway within a short period," he says. "Knowing exactly how many is impossible to tell at this stage."

David L. Katz, the founding director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center: Is Our Fight Against Coronavirus Worse Than the Disease?

Didier Raoult, Director of the Institut Hospitalier Universitaire (IHU) Méditerranée-Infection in Marseilles: "Coronavirus, game over!"

Jean-Dominique Michel, MSc in Medical Anthropology, Geneva, Switzerland: "I have said it before, and I will say it again: the same political or journalistic treatment applied to any episode of seasonal flu would terrify us just as much as the current epidemic. [] It is in this complicated paradox between the great harmlessness of the virus for the vast majority of people and its extreme dangerousness in some cases that we found ourselves stuck. We then adopted measures that were absolutely contrary to good practice: we stopped screening people who might be ill, pleading for the confining the population as a whole to stop the spread of the virus. These measures were actually medieval and problematic, since they only slowed down the epidemic at the risk of producing potentially even worse rebound phenomena." 

Graph comparing death numbers in countries with no lock-down (or not until very recently, as is the case with Mexico and Japan) on the left, to countries that have been in lock-down for several weeks now on the right:

German virologist Hendrik Streeck talks about potential plans for a country to move forward gradually in getting back to a “normal” life: “People could lose their jobs. They might not be able to pay their rent anymore and staying inside for a longer time can lead to weakening of our immune system.” He raises questions like: “The goal is not a complete containment of the virus. We need to know where the actual capacity limits of our hospitals are. How many infections are too many? What do intensive care medics say?”

Gita Gopinath, the Economic Counsellor and Director of the Research Department at the International Monetary Fund: The Great Lockdown: Worst Economic Downturn Since the Great Depression:

'We may have to ration': US food banks face shortages as demand surges:

Joel Kettner,  the Medical Director for the International Centre for Infectious Diseases in Canada: "I have never seen anything like this… I am not talking about the pandemic, because I have seen 30 of them, one every year… But I have never seen this reaction, and I am trying to understand why…"

Australia - pension funds:

Professor Johan Giesecke, adviser to the Swedish Government, the first Chief Scientist of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and an adviser to the director general of the WHO explans Sweden's COVID 19 policies, gives his opinion on the Imperial College model and also discusses why it will be very difficult for lock-down countries to implement exit strategies that will not backfire because herd immunity was not allowed to develop in a natural way:

Sucharit Bhakdi, Emeritus Professor and the Director of the Institute of Microbiology and Hygiene of the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, from 1991 to 2012. Here are his thoughts on the crisis (German only):

Wolfgang Wodarg is a German physician specializing in Pulmonology, as well as a politician who is the former chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. In 2009 he called for an inquiry into alleged conflicts of interest surrounding the EU response to the Swine Flu pandemic.

Doctors Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi of Accelerated Urgent Care in Bakersfield, California refuse to wear masks outside. They say the longer people stay inside, the more their immune system drops. They’re calling for Kern County to reopen immediately.

Denis Rancourt, former Professor of Physics of 22 years at the University of Ottawa gives his views on the outbreak. Especially interesting are his thoughts towards the end of the interview, as to how very difficult it will be, not only for governments, their advisers and the assorted opinion drivers, but also for the general public world-wide to acknowledge the errors in judgement that they made throughout this crisis:

"Snitches get rewards"...

The United States CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Week 17 update says on its second page:

  • Hospitalization rates for COVID-19 in adults (18-64 years) are higher than hospitalization rates for influenza at comparable time points* during the past 5 influenza seasons.
  • For people 65 years and older, current COVID-19 hospitalization rates are similar to those observed during comparable time points* during recent high severity influenza seasons.
  • For children (0-17 years), COVID-19 hospitalization rates are much lower than influenza hospitalization rates during recent influenza seasons.

120 Experts weigh in on COVID 19 (in German):

AIER: Woodstock Occurred in the Middle of a Pandemic:

Graph showing the three epidemic peaks of 2019-2020. The first two are seasonal flus and the third is covid-19. Also note the turquoise line which shows the 2017 pandemic.

Lord Sumption, speaks to the BBC on May 18th: “The government have really got to stop treating the whole of the population as if they were children" ""The government has quite deliberately induced panic in the public in order to induce them to comply. They have succeeded handsomely. They are now wanting to get people back to work and find that they can't do it. They're trapped by their own rhetoric."