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Epidemiologists urge BoJo to rethink [sic] the UK’s COVID-19 strategy

I put that “sic” in there because I doubt that Johnson thought it up himself.

Article link: https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/boris-needs-to-rethink-his-covid-strategy

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On that (imaginary) “growing body of evidence” that masks DO prevent transmission of respiratory viruses

Here is Denis Rancourt’s latest, on that “growing body of evidence” alleged to show that masks do prevent transmission of respiratory viruses (contrary to what the CDC and WHO were saying before their pivot in the spring). This article demolishes that claim, which is no truer for the fact that it’s now being repeated endlessly, by the same exalted bureaucrats and politicians who’ve been hammering that gong for months, and now louder than ever.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/343399832_Face_masks_lies_damn_lies_and_public_health_officials_A_growing_body_of_evidence

And here’s a very useful summary of the pertinent facts, from the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, sent to me by a good friend who’s a doctor in New Zealand:

https://aapsonline.org/mask-facts/ 

As the threat of COVID-19 recedes into the past, and the mask mandates become more stringent and expansive, we badly need this blacked-out information; so please share it, with anyone who won’t flip out on you for sending it. 

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The tweets attacking me

Here’s the thread that prompted NYU to email my students, referring them to the CDC’s “authoritative” position on face masks (that is, the one the CDC now takes, having said the opposite before April), and reaffirming NYU’s strict mask mandate (which I never urged the class to violate). 

As you’ll see, these tweets are venomous, calling for my termination:

Somehow this thread has made quite a splash, as friends at other schools have contacted me about it, expressing concern about my status at NYU.

I’ve been teaching propaganda (how to study it, not do it) for years now; and while there’s always disagreement, and resistance—both good things—I’ve never had anything like this happen. 

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NYU’s letter to my students

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Tell the FDA to suspend licensure of HepB vaccines until they’re proven safe!

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Protests in Israel over Netanyahu’s (groundless) total lockdown

Article link: https://www.rt.com/news/501241-israel-orthodox-covid-lockdown-protest/

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NYU is displeased that I’ve questioned masking in my propaganda class

A student in my undergraduate class has tweeted her displeasure (or so I’m told) at my having noted the abundant scientific evidence that masks do not prevent transmission of flu-like respiratory viruses.

My department chair just called to ask if that is true—it is, as I readily told him—and to let me know that NYU’s COVID response team, or whatever it’s called, will shortly be emailing all my students to reaffirm the policy (which, I told them explicitly, I don’t advise them to ignore).

do believe they should be thinking for themselves, and studying the evidence for any claim or mandate, instead of merely bowing to authority. That’s my intellectual and civic obligation, as a teacher, whatever NYU’s official policy, or New York State’s. It’s one thing to expect the students to obey their institution’s rules, but quite another thing to urge them not to think about it. 

We’ll be discussing this whole contretemps in class, as it perfectly exemplifies the power of propaganda, and the lengths to which the powers that be will go to safeguard its narratives from any contradiction.

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Peter Doshi, editor of BMJ, on the urgent need for an open debate about vaccine safety

This is from 2017, soon after Trump became president, and his acrimonious relations with the media had itself become a major story. 

Doshi’s plea is timelier than ever. We still need that debate, instead of the relentless, one-sided, fact-free propaganda blitz that’s been going on for years, and just keeps heating up. Doshi is especially eloquent on the repressive and obfuscatory use of the smear term “anti-vaxxer.” 

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Floridians test “positive” after NOT getting tested

From a friend who’s a doctor in South Florida:

The Covid 19 situation is ridiculous.

I have had multiple people tell me that they made an appointment to get tested, got to the lab, saw how long the line was and left. Then three days later they are called to say that the test (which they never took) was positive.

This happened many, many times at different state labs.

I have friends in the hospitals telling me that they code admissions with a positive Covid diagnosis because they get reimbursed higher from the insurance companies.

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The whole “Novichoks” story is another steaming load of bull

The alleged attempt by Putin to assassinate Aleksei Navalny—the Juan Guaido of Russia—by means of the nefarious “Novichok” is a sequel to the equally transparent propaganda fantasy that Putin tried to whack the Skirpals through the same demonic means.

Here Paul McKeigue very carefully demonstrates that the whole foundation of both fictions is a lie. 

Will this FINALLY end the bullshit? Of course not. McKeigue’s work won’t even be reported, much less rebutted, but has slipped right down the memory hole, just like the VIPS forensic study of the “hacking” of those DNC emails (showing that they weren’t hacked at all, but downloaded), and all the other evidence that “Russia-gate” was bull as well. 

(Here’s a good example of the NYTimes/CIA propaganda re: Navalny:
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/14/world/europe/navalny-novichok.html.)