Governments are NOT the “One Source of Truth” – Public Debates challenging Policies and Narratives are essential

The New York Times is a respected broadsheet newspaper. It maintains a staunchly pro-vaccine stance. On Nov 26 2022 it published a catch-up article ‘Happy Birthday, Omicron’ (since the variant is now one year old). The article is written by their well-known science correspondent Carl Zimmer, author of 14 books.

Zimmer interviews numerous researchers working in the field who point out that there has been an evolutionary explosion of Omicron variants. Hundreds are now circulating which according to virologist Dr. Jesse Bloom “is making it more challenging for scientists to plan new vaccines and treatments.”

This was not unexpected. Even before the pandemic it was well known that vaccines which fail to prevent transmission drive variant mutation towards the development of strains resistant to vaccines. See this 2015 paper in Plos Biology for example: ‘Imperfect Vaccination Can Enhance the Transmission of Highly Virulent Pathogens’.

The NYT article reports: “In February, Theodora Hatziioannou, a virologist at Rockefeller University in New York, and her colleagues ran an experiment that suggested Omicron was primed for an evolutionary explosion. Dr. Hatziioannou’s team tested Omicron against 40 different antibodies that could still block the variant. They discovered that it was remarkably easy for a few extra mutations to make it resistant to almost all of those antibodies.”

The net result is that even the latest versions of Covid vaccines and treatments are easily evaded by a growing number of variants: “The new mutations are building up quickly, most likely because they are providing the viruses with a big evolutionary edge” the NYT article reported. “The [viral] evolution that’s happening is the fastest rate it has been up to this point,” Sergei Pond, a virologist at Temple University in Philadelphia, said.

The outcome is something you are probably already aware of through personal experience or through that of your friends. Covid vaccines are not working. Researchers are trying to develop new approaches, but I think you can see that the rate of mutation and adaptation of the Covid-19 virus is likely to outstrip these efforts, as is the case for example with other coronaviruses such as the common cold and the flu. Fortunately, Omicron variants are at this stage still relatively mild, but their future trajectory remains uncertain which is concerning.

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The United States of Schizophrenia

We now have two opposing realities in this country. Both sides are sure their reality is correct and the other one isn’t. It’s turning us all into schizophrenics. Both sides fervently believe they are winning the COVID propaganda battle.

Liberals generally believe what the mainstream media tells them: The reason COVID is disappearing, they insist, is because lockdowns, masks and vaccine mandates worked.

Conservatives generally believe what “alternative media” tells them. That pharmaceutical companies colluded with the Biden regime to bilk the American people out of billions of dollars so they could line their own pockets and gain unparalleled power.

Lately, the alternative media is abuzz with new revelations about the vaccines and Pfizer. There is a euphoric feeling that the widely accepted narrative is going to change for the better. Surely, with the latest bombshell revelations, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla will at last be prosecuted for crimes against humanity.

In a COVID-19 hearing before the European Parliament, MEP for Denmark Rob Roos got a Pfizer representative to admit that, “At the time of introduction, the vaccine had never been tested on stopping the transmission of the virus.” Roos goes on to explain, “This removes the entire legal basis for the COVID passport. The COVID passport that led to massive institutional discrimination, as people lost access to essential parts of society. I find this to be shocking—even criminal.”

If you watch the video, you will see Pfizer representative Janine Small laugh when she responds,

Did we know about stopping transmission before it entered the market? No, ha ha. These, emm, you know we had to really move at the speed of science to really understand what is taking place in the market.

“The speed of science.” Yes, she really said that.

Meanwhile, we have Fauci saying he is the science and that, “Attacks on me are attacks on science.”

We have the United Nations’ Melissa Fleming saying with all the arrogance of a totalitarian that, “We own the science, and we think that the world should know it.”

Those of us who have rejected such statements as preposterous lies should be excused for feeling a little schizophrenic. The world that claims to own the science is increasingly becoming the world where falsehoods are accepted as truth. They don’t even mind if you know it anymore. In fact, they laugh in your face as they tell their lies.

Surely this must mean we are winning. It’s all so obvious!

No, we aren’t. It’s only obvious to one side.

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Seven times ‘disinformation’ turned out to be just the opposite

At the heart of the second trial to come out of Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia collusion probe is a story of disinformation.

Marc Elias, general counsel for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, testified both during a House Intelligence Committee investigation in 2017 and recently during Durham’s ongoing probe that he was the one who hired the opposition research firm Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on then-candidate Donald Trump.

Fusion GPS went on to commission former MI6 agent Christopher Steele to create the infamous “Steele dossier,” which purported to show collusion between Trump’s campaign and the Kremlin. It contained several salacious and since-debunked claims about Trump and his alleged ties to Russia.

The federal government infamously used the now-discredited dossier to obtain a warrant to surveil former Trump 2016 campaign aide Carter Page. The Justice Department later admitted the warrant application was full of misinformation and the surveillance warrant should’ve never been approved.

The primary source of the Steele dossier was Igor Danchenko, a Russian analyst who’s now on trial as part of Durham’s investigation for allegedly lying to the FBI about his own sources for the information that he provided to Steele.

Federal prosecutors allege that Danchenko, who has pleaded not guilty, fabricated and concealed his sources in conversations with the feds. The trial began in Alexandria, Va. on Tuesday.

The case highlights how potent a weapon disinformation can be in today’s political climate, where falsehoods can slip through the cracks and transform into received truth without the public noticing.

However, it works the other way as well.

Indeed, in the past few years the opposite has more often been the case: Something deemed disinformation ultimately turns out to be true.

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