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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Dr Siouxsie Wiles MNZM recently detailed the "Red Flags" identifying false and misleading information.


You just know this has to be good.


Her red flags:


Are they downplaying the seriousness of the pandemic? Are they claiming that most people survive Covid-19 just fine? That it’s just a bad flu?


Well, there are numerous studies to draw on. For example, Stanford Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology John P. A. Ioniddis estimates the global infection fatality rate at 0.15-0.20% (0.03-0.04% in those <70 years).


Most people do survive Covid-19 just fine.


For the USA covid-19 is worse than the 1957 ’flu but not as bad as 1936. The IFR for the Spanish ’Flu was 2 percent with 99 percent of excess deaths aged under 45.


The median age of death from Covid-19 in Western Countries is 80 plus years.


The risk of catching and dying from Covid-19 varies 10,000-fold according to age.


For the young and the healthy, it’s a bad ’flu.


Are they emphasising your personal choice and freedoms over acting for the collective good?


Tyrants always appeal to the collective good. And dictate what is required. It's no surprise those advocating lockdowns, masks, social distancing and quarantine promote the “collective good’. Or that those wary of government advocate freedom and choice.


Are they pushing some supplement as a cure or treatment for Covid-19?


As just one example, according to Dr Wiles, Dr Stephanie F. Ling and her colleagues peddle disinformation with their study finding a correlation between vitamin D and reduced risk of mortality.


It’s just a study amongst the multitude but it hardly classifies as misinformation.


[I]s the information presented in a way that seems designed to make you angry or scared. Good information put out to help you make an informed choice won’t do that.


The irony is that Stuff and their experts make me angry and many people scared by reporting apocalyptic predictions with no grounding in fact. Too many of their stories recort what “could” happen rather than what has happened.


Mentioning facts, reminds that Dr Wiles doesn’t produce any.


This from Stuff begging for a dollar; “The safety of all New Zealanders relies on everyone getting important information -- based on science and facts”. Stuff is invariably deficient in both. Hint: science is not a person, organisation, or prediction; it is the method of critically testing ideas.


Those who would have us Follow the Science are the new totalitarians. It’s not just that they don’t distinguish “ought” from “is”, they don’t even care for what “is”.

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davidwharwood176
davidwharwood176
Jul 12, 2021

If this government has done anything completely stupid it was to allow a travel bubble with Australia the tax payer is now footing the bill to bring people back from over there who should never have gone .Ask the people who are desperate to get an isolation spot in NZ to get home which country they want to be in right now .Successive governments have pumped billions into Air NZ too against advice we shouldnt own an Air line Both left and right have got that one wrong

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davidwharwood176
davidwharwood176
Jul 12, 2021

Ms Wiles Doctorate in microbiology does according to google include viruses so I guess she has not just a degree but a doctorate in viral studies

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Unknown member
Jul 21, 2021
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Her specialty is bacteria. I don't think that she's very good at that but she will even admit herself that her specialty is not viruses. The two are not the same even though sometimes one gets blamed for the deaths of the other (i.e. Spanish Flu - source Anthony Falci 2009).

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alanw
alanw
Jul 10, 2021

There is an interesting article on Newshub pointing out that a much longer delay between jabs has been shown to greatly increase vaccine effectiveness.


Why have none of our "expert" talking heads not challenged NZ's very short 3 week policy? Is it in place simply to minimize the PR damage caused by our abysmally world-beating slowness of roll-out?


So now we will not only be slow but poorly protected?

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davidwharwood176
davidwharwood176
Jul 09, 2021

Scomo we are going to go cold turkey on Covid YEAH RIGHT.Take a look at NSW folks O of course it is all fake news

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Unknown member
Jul 21, 2021
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BTW the Melbourne CBD is a Big Red Capital™ project these days. The real estate agents might speak english and their signs might have an english translation, but don't rely on it.

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Kevin Stent
Kevin Stent
Jul 07, 2021

Well , it is now 4 weeks since I had my second Covid PFizer jab and I am still suffering from insomnia and prickly itchy body at night . After having my 2nd jab I became very ill with Fever , Body Aches , head aches , fatigue , insomnia ,Vertigo , and on the second night my Blood pressure rose and my breathing became restricted . The second morning my B/P was back to normal and I could blow 450 on a peak flow meter but I still felt lousy . I wish I had never ever had both vaccine jabs . I am now very Sceptical of this whole Covid thing and I cant help thinking it i…

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Kevin Stent
Kevin Stent
Jul 10, 2021
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76 David , slim and healthy

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