South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks at CPAC 2021 in Orlando, Florida on Feb. 27, 2021. "South Dakota is the only state in America that never ordered a single business or church to close. We never instituted a shelter-in-place order, we never mandated that people wear masks ... Dr Fauci told me on our worst day, we'd have 10,000 patients in our hospitals. On our worst day, we had a little over 600 ... My administration resisted the call for virus control at the expense of everything else. We looked at the science, the data, and the facts, and then we took a balanced approach".

The feisty, passionate and eloquent lady is not for shutting up. Her no holds barred speech is a scathing indictment of the Modi Government. In her 21-minutes speech, Mahua Moitra lashed out at the government for making "hate and bigotry" a part of its narrative. This government’s motto, she said, is “Brutality over Morality”,
She further alleged that a complicit judiciary and media have also failed the country.

Arguing that data from around the world in 2020 show that Covid cases and deaths are policy-invariant. The key policy question is: What is the acceptable level of mortality risk relative to the damage to health, mental health, society, economy, disadvantaged sectors and poor countries from mitigation & containment policies? There's overwhelming evidence that net harm of costs of lockdown vastly exceeds net gain between less restrictive and harsh interventions. The refusal of governments to engage in whole-of-society cost-benefit analysis amounts to criminal neglect.

The great anti-lockdown hero does it again. 10 February 2021 interview with BBC Radio (10 Feb) ‘World At One’ with Sarah Montague
"Existing isn't living for some people".
"An extended exercise in almost studied and deliberate cruelty"
"Bordering on very dangerous; robbing people of hope”.

7 Feb 2021
... and they arrest the victim for assaulting police.
How dare the poor man try to keep his business golng when HMG have decided in their infinite wisdom to kill all small businesses in the country?
How your finest are keeping you safe.
Never forget. Never forgive.

In an interview with CBS 60 Minutes on 8 March 2020, Dr Anthony Fauci said people should not be walking around with masks on because they do little good and can cause more harm. By July he was recommending mask wearing and on 23 October he called for a nationwide universal mask mandate. He defended his original advice by saying that ‘in the context of the time in which I said it, it was correct’ because we had a serious problem with the lack of personal protective equipment (PPEs) for healthcare workers.

The Australian larrikin spirit is alive and kicking.
This is an ad from Australian lamb producers called "Share the Lamb"
Australia 2031. Our once united nation has been divided by the great state walls. Only Aussie lamb has the power to break down the borders and reunite the states together around a lamb barbie. Because what unites us is more delicious than what divides us.

Might well have been the one activity that gave this lady joy and meaning in her life. But, to keep us all safe, the police moved in and told her to move on. Heartbreaking. I salute the police officers for their heroism and courage.

Police squads on patrol around Speakers Corner, Hyde Park, London. They are looking for anyone breaking the coronavirus rules.

On 9 December, responding to a question in Parliament from Sikh Labour MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi on the UK government's stance on the farmers' protests in India, Johnson somehow confused the issue with India-Pakistan relations. The look of perplexity on Dhesi's face at the end of it is priceless.
Dhesi later posted the exchange on Twitter, adding it would help if the PM actually knew what he was talking about.

On 30 December three-quarters of England was plunged into Tier 4 lockdown restrictions. Sir Desmond Swayne responded furiously to the announcement. He began his speech in Parliament began by saying: "We are in the absurd position of being asked to vote for the ghost of Christmas past. This House legislated for specific arrangements to cover in the celebration of Christmas and no sooner had the House risen, the government by ministerial fiat changed those arrangements"

These orchids seem to have an astonishing capacity to mimic living forms. A great way to start the new year.

Solomon Asch conducted an experiment in the 1950s to investigate the extent to which social pressure from a majority group could make a person to conform. Using a line judgment task, Asch put a participant in a room with seven confederates ('stooges') who had agreed in advance what their responses would be to a question with an obvious answer. The real participant did not know this, was placed last in a row and was the last to be asked. In the early 1950s, 50 students from Swarthmore College in the US participated in a ‘vision test.’ In 18 trials, 'stooges' gave the clearly wrong answer 12 times. Over these 12 critical trials, about 75% of participants conformed at least once, and 25% of participants never conformed. Without any 'stooges' present, the participant gave the wrong answer under 1% of the time.

On 29 October 2020, Prof. Mats Berdal of Kings College London engaged Prof. Ramesh Thakur of the Australian national University in an extended discussion on the origins, controversies and current status of the Responsibility to Protect principle.

On 24 Nov 2020, speaking to a select committee of the House of Commons, Cambridge University's eminent statistician Prof. Sir David Spiegelhalter said the Government had cherry-picked 'spurious' coronavirus data to justify England's second lockdown and may have intended to frightened the public.

Tory MP Charles Walker witnessed an elderly anti-lockdown protester being forcefully arrested outside the Houses of Parliament on 24 November. Addressing the House of Commons shortly after, Sir Charles exploded in anger that an elderly lady was hauled "spread-eagle" into a police van. He called the incident a "disgrace, un-British and unconstitutional."

Are anti-lockdowners today’s abolitionists?
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"Who Deserves Your Trust in the COVID Debate?" An essay by Stacey Rudin is recited in this episode of the Very Opinionated Show.
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Dr. Roger Hodkinson, MA, MB, FRCPC, FCAP, CEO and medical director of Western Medical Assessments, spoke at the Edmonton City Council Community and Public Services Committee meeting on 13 November 2020.
Dr. Hodkinson was trained at Cambridge University in the UK. He is ex-president of the pathology section of the Medical Association. He was the chairman of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada Examination Committee and Pathology in Ottawa, Canada. He is currently the chairman of a biotechnology company in North Carolina selling the COVID-19 test.
Sample: "This is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public... It’s politics playing medicine and that’s a very dangerous game".

Sir Charles Walker is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Broxbourne in Hertfordshire since 2005.
Speaking in Parliament on 4 November 2020, he spoke powerfully about the threat to civil liberties.

On 22 October 2020, 83-year old great-grandmother Maureen Eames, captured many people's feelings when she said she “didn’t give a sod” about coronavirus rules and the country should not “surrender” to the pandemic

On 2 September 2020 in Ballarat, a regional town in Victoria, Australia, pregnant mum Zoe Buhler was handcuffed, in her own house, in her pyjamas, in the presence of her young child.
Her crime? A Facebook post informing people about a peaceful protest, with appropriate social distancing measures, against the draconian restrictions on people's movements and liberties.
You can read the story here: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/sep/03/victoria-police-arrested-pregnant-woman-facebook-post-zoe-buhler-australia-warn-lockdown-protesters

A presentation for the Global Development Learning Network on 12 November to participants from several countries in Africa, Asia, Russia and Australia

A follow-up Q&A session for the GDLN Zoom webinar on 8 October 2020

A Zoom webinar presentation for the Global Development Network on 8 October 2020 to officials and participants from five countries in Africa and Asia


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