First I just want to say I respect you and your opinions and the decisions you make within your family. Sure I’d love to convince you, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned in the last two years it’s this: Decisions people are making around covid are not necessarily about covid. My beliefs and yours are more likely tied to an overall world view.
To let you know about my world view, I’ve been associated with media my entire adult life. I’ve always loved it even though I can pinpoint the very day I realized journalism and truth were not the same thing. I spent New Years Eve 1999-2000 in a fully staffed news room because of the Y2K panic. That multi-billion dollar boondoggle turned out to be an incredible farce. In short, rather than investigate the truth thoroughly, the media as a whole convinced itself of an oncoming tragedy. In the end nearly every business in the western world spent time and money trying to fix something that was, as it turned out, absolutely nothing. When it was over the media simply didn’t talk about it. No one was at fault. No one paid a price. There was certainly a financial crime in the needless spending of billions of dollars, but there was no follow up. No one was ever charged. Who would you charge anyway? It was like a rumour no one knows who started.
Missing the big party at the turn of the century taught this young reporter a valuable lesson. Even if the vast majority of people are ‘certain’ about something that has turned into a narrative, it’s OK to question it. In fact, it’s important to question well established narratives. Basic journalism really.
Enter covid. In the winter of 2020 we all locked down for two weeks to flatten the curve. When the curve didn’t flatten we agreed to do everything we could to continue to battle the virus we were told might kill 3 or 4 percent of us. How innocent we were. I was an early proponent of masks. This was back when our government said we should NOT wear masks. I was looking at articles from Asia at the time, which made sense to me because that was where most of the covid was. I saw people in Hong Kong and South Korea going to school and shopping in their masks and I thought they must be on to something. Then for the first, and not the last time in covid, our leaders lied to us. Not just our health leaders, but our provincial Premiers and the people running our public health agencies. “Sorry. We needed all the PPE we could get for people working in health care. It was important for us to lie to you, to save them.”
Hhhhhm. No! That was a mistake or something worse. Canadians would have been happy to breathe through an old sweaty shirt if they would have told us the truth. Heck you know Canadians. Half of us would have delivered masks along with Tim Hortons to our nearest hospitals within hours. Healthcare workers would have been wading in masks, drowning in coffee and choking on timbits. That’s how Canadians would have acted. We never got the chance. Because they lied. Public health care officials and politicians decided as a group that the public was not to be dealt with squarely, but we should be handled. That makes them liars. They have not changed that position. I can’t explain why people continue to believe everything they say.
Somehow the VAST majority of media failed to take our officials to task for lying to us. It broke our trust. Like so many I have not accepted anything media or government and public health officials have said since, without checking on it first. What kind of a reporter would I be if I did? The officials we elected to serve us could have apologized and stuck to the truth and earned our trust back. Instead they double down every chance they get. Politicians are caught breaking the rules they’re setting for us constantly. They allow the large multinational store to operate, but they shut down the neighbourhood pub. They allow thousands to attend some events, but punish preachers for opening their doors to a few hundred. They greet each other with drinks and hugs, then put on their masks and step away from each other for the official photographs. Now they’re allowing only the double-vaxed to travel while restricting people who have actually tested negative. Comically absurd. All this under the eyes of the media who lift not one finger to complain on our behalf.
So here we are. People have fallen into their camps and very few are switching sides. On one side, are the Pro Mandaters. They continue to invest their trust in the institutions we grew up with. The politicians and the health officials, and the people on TV and in the newspapers have always told the truth right? OK maybe they don’t ‘always’ tell the truth, but our health is their top priority right? You’d certainly hope so, but there’s a simple fact that proves differently. TREATMENT. Despite the fact politicians and some leading health officials declare ignorance, they know millions of people are being treated. They know India and Japan have had miraculous results after offering treatment.
They know doctors in the United States and Canada have used over 20 different treatments with results ranging from interesting, to incredible. They don’t care. It’s not that they just insist vaccine mandates are the best way forward. Those in charge go as far as to ban treatment for desperate, dying people. Then they punish anyone who dares to try to save lives through safe, trusted, well known and widely used treatments. Let me repeat that… they ban treatment for desperate, dying people. Take a second to let that sink in.
When I was younger, a veteran reporter once told me how things really work. At a city council meeting I came to him perplexed at a seemingly stupid decision. He told me that whenever things don’t make sense it always has something to do with money. “Stop trying to make sense of it, and start looking for who is making money from that decision.” Probably the best advice I ever got until this next piece about politicians. I’m paraphrasing: “When you phone a politician and ask for a call back, you’d better keep this in mind. Politicians don’t care about you. They don’t care about your tv station. They care about being reelected. If they think talking to you about something voters care about will get them reelected, they’ll call you back right away. If not, they’ll avoid you like the plague. You need to make them understand this question will influence the next election. You’ll get a call every time.”
While it’s difficult to believe politicians could deny treatment to dying people, it’s nearly impossible to think public health officials would be so cruel. I’ve had a lot of trouble getting my head around that. These are good people. They are in public health care after all. This is a good time to think of that advice about things that don’t make sense. So, forget about trying to make sense of it and ask “who is making money from this decision?”. Well in this case it’s the pharmaceuticals. These are some of the biggest businesses in the world. They have been the most heavily fined businesses in the world. Pre-covid, they were viewed as among the most untrustworthy businesses in the world. Then their public face turned from lawyers and multi-millionaire executives, to public health officials and we forgave (or forgot). In his new book Robert F. Kennedy Jr. examines the relationship between pharmaceuticals and the world’s most influential (dare I say powerful) health official, Anthony Fauci. Kennedy outlines how over the many decades of Fauci’s leadership, the US has turned into an incredibly unhealthy nation with an insatiable thirst for pharmaceuticals. Instead of promoting healthy lifestyles, public health officials have become intertwined with the pharmaceutical industry. Now it starts to make sense.
Then there’s the other side, widely known as the Anti Vaxers even though this is the only vaccine most of them haven’t taken. The Pro Mandaters may not know it, but the other side are not against vaccines, they’re against MANDATING THIS PARTICULAR vaccine. They know the risk for a severe outcome for people below 70 with no comorbidities is extremely low. They’re OK with that risk. They’re not OK with being ordered to take part in a medical trial. A lot of them, tens of thousands in fact, have had covid already. Even the NIH admits readily that covid survivors have lasting strong immunity. Can’t catch it. Can’t pass it on. Unlike vaccinated people who still get sick and pass covid on to someone else. There’s only one way to protect yourself from catching covid with statistical success. That’s to have had covid already. Why these people are being asked to also get vaccinated is something future medical students will shake their heads at.
Many of us know someone, or know of someone who has died of covid. Other people we know of have been saved by a treatment we’re not supposed to even talk about. Those who have died are poorly mourned at small funerals. Those who were saved are buried in a different way. We’re not to talk about them. Incredibly as doctors in other parts of the world are treating, and studying, and creating data, our front line health care practitioners are relegated to the sidelines, waiting to see what their public health officials will allow. Some step up at great risk. They diagnose and prescribe treatments their training and experience tells them will work. I’ve met two people who felt they were close to death when a very brave doctor swept in with treatment cocktails. Neither of the people I talked to knew each other. Their experiences happened months, and miles apart. Both swear they turned around dramatically within hours of their first dose. You’d think they’d stand on the roof and yell out their truth. But they’re scared. Who can blame them? Both doctors who treated them have been disciplined. If lives are not as important as the narrative, how could mere careers have a chance?
I’m not personally against the vaccine. I am very much against mandating it, and I am very much against giving it to children. We are here to protect our children, not to ask them to protect us. Knowing that young people are statistically at a greater risk of a serious reaction from the vaccine than they are from covid, I will keep my child away from this particular vaccine. Knowing that children are at less risk from covid than they are from the yearly flu virus I will act accordingly. Children have a statistical 0 % chance of dying from covid and they are not good at spreading it to adults. They don’t need to take the risk, as tiny as it is, of suffering from a vaccine reaction.
My final argument is the simple fact that our government’s Zero Covid Approach is obviously failing. Show a single country in the world which is both highly vaccinated, and has wiped out covid. There’s not a single example. Meanwhile, two prominent countries with good record keeping and advanced health care systems have had remarkable success against covid. Japan has a vaccination rate well above 70%. India is struggling to get to 20%. The two countries have completely different levels of vaccinated citizens, but they share one thing in common. Facing brutal waves of covid earlier this year, in desperation both Japan and India allowed medical treatments.
Less than 20 percent of India’s population is vaccinated. Japan’s rate is in the 70’s. Clearly something other than vaccinations is in play. Treatment.
So how do we get out of this mess here in Alberta, Canada? I’m certainly open to ideas. Personally I only see one way out and one path to get there. It starts at home and leads directly to our local politicians. We need to face our fear of speaking the truth within our families and among our loved ones. We need to resist the name calling and the emotion (speaking to myself here), and stick to reciting boring facts and data. Then a very critical step. We need to talk to our school board members, and our city councillors. They are not affiliated with a political party and don’t have to worry about being punished by political bosses. We need to insist they take the measures they can to set us on a new path. The approach of mandating vaccines on employees and restricting citizens while banning medical treatments is a colossal misstep, a divider of families and community, and a devastation on local business. Most importantly it steals the lives of desperate, dying citizens. We need to beg, plead and demand our local politicians stand up against vaccine mandates and restrictions against their citizens in private and public buildings. We need to respect the legal choices of individuals. Together we need to demand doctors be allowed to treat patients the way they always have. With treatment, the need for the restrictions and mandates will vanish. This is the only way to get our communities and our families back, if it’s not too late already.
As for the politicians who are in a position to make changes quickly. Remember the advice from my friend and veteran reporter. We need to stop waisting our time with common sense arguments and start appealing to them about the next election. They’re reading the polls and those polls tell them most of the voters are afraid. It’s a tragedy that leaders with courage are so few and far between, but this is the world we live in and this is the fault of the courageous for avoiding politics. The good news is if we start to demand treatment and this movement grows it’s only a matter of time! The very second those same poll-reading politicians see enough people are demanding treatment, they’ll suddenly rise above their role of vaccine sales person and switch over to medical treatment advocates. It will happen in the blink of an eye. If you want treatment there when you’re the one who gets sick, start advocating now. The best thing about it is everyone wins, because medication is a both – and solution. Medications don’t need vaccines to go away, they just make them a voluntary extra precaution.
Premiers tremble at the very thought of contradicting the public health officials they used to hire and fire as they saw fit. The cowardice is embarrassing. Worse. Their cowardice stops so many thousands from encountering a doctor who wants to treat them with available drugs. For the rest of us, their cowardice means we’ll continue indefinitely to live in a suspended existence, restricted from going where we want to, when we want to, to do what we want. In fear, we willingly surrendered our freedoms and assaulted our small businesses and our community life. Those freedoms and those communities will not come back until effective medical treatments for covid are no longer banned.
Even though I’m vaccinated to protect my mother my child will not be vaccinated. My older children have made their decisions. My youngest is too young to make that decision. I’ll take the lesser of the two risks, and the one that will protect him the most going forward. Most importantly I know there are treatments available and I know who to talk to if someone close to me gets sick.
Here’s the Guide to Home Based Treatment for Covid from the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons, and here’s the Guide to Covid Early Treatment from a group of US doctors on their website TruthForHealth.
Alberta premier defends new rules on in-person learning, no mask mandates in schools
By Dean Bennett and Colette Derworiz
Alberta Premier Danielle Smith is defending new rules ordering schools to provide in-person learning during the current wave of viral illnesses, saying a clear, measured response is crucial for students and parents.
“We need a normal school environment for our children, and we need to make sure that the classrooms stay open to be able to support our parents,” Smith said at a news conference in Medicine Hat on Friday.
“That’s why we made the decision that we did — to give that clear direction.”
Her comments came a day after she announced regulatory changes saying school boards must provide in-person learning. Schools also can’t require students to wear masks in school or be forced to take classes online.
The changes take effect immediately.
“Anyone is welcome to wear a mask if they feel that that is the right choice for them, but we should not be forcing parents to mask their kids, and we shouldn’t be denying education to kids who turn up without a mask,” Smith said.
She has said mask rules and toggling from online to in-person learning adversely affected the mental health, development and education of students during the COVID-19 pandemic and strained parents scrambling to make child-care arrangements when schools shut down.
That’s over, Smith said.
“We’re just not going to normalize these kind of extreme measures every single respiratory virus season,” she said.
School boards have been asking for more direction as a slew of seasonal respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses, along with some COVID-19 cases, have led to high classroom absentee rates and have jammed children’s hospitals.
In Edmonton, Trisha Estabrooks, board chair for Edmonton Public Schools, said the decision provided the clarity that the board was seeking.
“All Albertans now understand that it’s not within the jurisdiction, and nor should it ever have been within the jurisdiction of individual school boards, to make decisions that belong to health officials,” said Estabrooks.
She said the province has made it clear that any future public health order would supersede the new rules.
The in-person learning change applies to grades 1-12 in all school settings, including public, separate, francophone, public charter and independent schools.
The masking change applies to those same grades and schools, but also to early childhood services.
The Opposition NDP criticized the new rules, saying it’s unrealistic to force schools to be all things to all students while also handling a wave of viral illnesses and not providing additional supports to do it.
Jason Schilling, head of the Alberta Teachers’ Association, said the government needs to work with school boards to figure out how to make this work.
“You have schools that are struggling to staff the building, (they) can’t get substitute teachers, teachers are sick, they’re covering each other’s classes, principals are covering the classes,” Schilling said in an interview.
“And then to say if you go online, you are to still offer the same programming in person — we just don’t have the people to do that.”
Wing Li, communications director for public education advocacy organization, Support our Students, said it will be difficult for schools to offer hybrid learning without any additional resources.
“There are no teachers,” Li said in an interview. “Pivoting online was mostly due to staffing shortages, which is worse now three years in.”
Li said online learning is challenging for students but, when temporary and supported, can keep schools and communities safe from spreading illness.
“This is a quite aggressive use of the Education Act to enshrine an ideology,” she said.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 25, 2022
Three Medical Policies that Need Immediate Changing
From the Brownstone Institute
You can’t make this up: The same cast of characters who erred so badly on COVID-19 want a do-over. A head-turning essay in The Atlanticwent so far as to plead for “pandemic amnesty.” For many in the medical community who have been derided by the likes of Dr. Anthony Fauci and his fanatics, these words ring hollow. Talk, as they say, is cheap, especially with the benefit of hindsight. Before a COVID-19 mulligan can be considered, here are three policies that must change.
First, “vaccine or bust” proponents must admit their approach overpromised and underdelivered. President Biden has repeatedly declared COVID-19 a “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” despite the science indicating otherwise. His claim that the vaccinated “do not spread the disease to anyone else” was rated “mostly false” by PolitiFact. Simply lowering the goalposts about less severe symptoms is insufficient. This is not what we were promised.
Making matters worse was the weaponization of this misinformation to influence public policy. It wasn’t just a smug Rachel Maddow telling her audience in March 2021 that the “virus stops with every vaccinated person.” This so-called science was used to pit Americans against one another, keep children out of school and force personnel out of critically important positions in the military, schools and first responders. Last fall, 5% of unvaccinated adults reported leaving their jobs.
I should know. I’ve been on the receiving end of threats to my livelihood.
This brings us to point two: The new California law empowering the punishment of doctors deemed guilty of spreading “misinformation” must be repealed before it can inflict further damage. Signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, California Assembly Bill 2098 enables the state to strip the medical licenses of professionals who veer from the preferred political party line.
It’s a disturbing trend taking hold across the country. The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) recently voted to remove Dr. Peter McCullough, one of the nation’s leading cardiologists, from his certifications in cardiovascular disease. Mr. McCullough’s sin had nothing to do with his performance in caring for patients, but rather with questioning the necessity of the COVID-19 vaccine for younger populations. With their far-reaching certification authority, the ABIM has the power to make any doctor’s life a living hell. Mr. McCullough’s fate now hangs in the balance until his Nov. 18 appeal date. This dangerous precedent must be nipped in the bud in the nation’s most populous state (governed by an oft-mentioned future presidential candidate) before it can take hold elsewhere.
Third, the District of Columbia must scrap its vaccine mandate for children in schools once and for all. Last week’s vote to delay compliance until January 3, 2023, is not enough. DC is one of the only school districts in the country with this type of requirement, going further than their counterparts in New York City or Los Angeles.
Last month, nearly half (44.7%) of DC school students fell short of COVID-19 compliance, according to Axios. In a city where 60% of the school-age population is Black, this mandate is not only unnecessary but is perpetuating further inequity. The pandemic has already taken an incredible toll on our children’s education, with math and reading scores falling to astonishing new lows. It is beyond misguided to bar children from attending school unless they receive a vaccine for an illness that poses a far smaller hazard to their health than the soaring crime rates in our cities.
From masks to breakthrough cases to alternative treatments, the so-called experts have amassed a track record of incorrect judgments that make political pollsters look good by comparison. Even in the fog of a once-in-a-century pandemic, these decisions were not just borne of inexpert and incorrect scientific knowledge but rather driven by a rush to push a medical agenda.
Our organization, the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC) practices what we preach. As data evolved over time, we updated our recommendations and approaches accordingly. It wasn’t luck. We were following the science. Sadly, government agencies stuck with their unceasing policy recommendations that were increasingly divorced from the science.
One thing most people can agree on: COVID-19 won’t be the last public health emergency. There are already concerning headlines about an early spike of RSV impacting children. The leaders of captured health agencies must learn from their mistake of allowing the pharmaceutical industry unimpeded control of pandemic health policy. Americans are incredibly forgiving people willing to show grace, but step one in that process is a willingness for those in charge to admit their mistakes.
Republished from Washington Times
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