Politics and History

The Trouble With ‘Experts’.

by Hannes Wessels 

In times of tumult, when events are unfolding fast, I have a method for gauging current issues. I don’t enjoy doing it, but I go to the MSM (mainstream media) and hold my nose. I have a look at the BBC, Sky News and CNN. I also have a quick squiz at ‘The Guardian’ and possibly the opinion piece in ‘The Economist’. ‘The Guardian’, incidentally, has just found a novel idea for blaming Trump for the contagion; it is his fault, they report, for failing to stop the export of Pangolins from west Africa to China where the virus found a foothold. One must give them top marks for trying.

I can’t look at any of the aforementioned TV stations for too long without bringing up my breakfast, so I have learned to be pretty quick at deciphering the thrust of their message. It did not take long to understand they were all predicting an epidemic of apocalyptic proportions. When I took this message on board, I must confess, I heaved a sigh of relief, because if this was their lead story, it was almost certainly wrong and deduced that this would probably not be as severe as they predicted.

Subsequently, I have noted how the mainstream media has cunningly manipulated statistics, with little reference to context (such as how many people are also dying on any one day of seasonal influenza, or how generally benign the infection is) in order to terrify as many people as possible.

But, to be fair to them, the media have not acted alone in this; they have called on an endless array of lefty ‘experts’ who have been happy to confidently confirm their prophecies of doom. If their goal was spreading terror across the globe to induce people to relinquish their freedoms and livelihoods – to stave off a threat to their health – they have succeeded. But at what cost and who exactly are these people who have all the answers?

I well remember the ‘experts’ who were trotted out to tell us that Saddam Hussein definitely possessed weapons of mass destruction, including deadly dangerous chemical weapons, locked and loaded for delivery to Europe. This information was pounced upon by the MSM and the politicians spreading apprehension and a measure of alarm through Europe and America. The mysterious death of David Kelly, a scientist who dissented, was a reminder of how high the stakes were in the disinformation game. Because most people believed the MSM, millions applauded when George Bush and Tony Blair took their respective countries to war; dispatched Saddam and caused a regional convulsion that reverberates to this day; that has brought early death and suffering to millions. We now know, no such weapons existed and the whole exercise was based on bogus ‘expert’ information.

And of course there are the ‘experts’ from the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), led by the ‘Global Warming’ media, darling of the time, Rajendra Pachauri, who assured us that the polar ice-caps were about to disappear along with Polar Bears; that hundreds of islands were about to be submerged due to rising sea-levels, and that the Himalayan glaciers would disappear. Pachauri was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for peddling this rubbish. The few who disagreed with him were accused by him of ‘voodoo science’. A core-group of IPCC scientists was caught red-handed deleting data and manipulating graphs that did not fit their models. In the investigation that followed it turned out violations of scientific ethics on the panel had become common. Pachauri, incidentally, resigned following the leveling of allegations of sexual harassment. None of the dire predictions made by him or his fellow experts have come to pass.

With this fresh in mind, why should I believe what the MSM report of the current crop of epidemiologists, scientists and associated experts? Here in South Africa Professor Salim Karim (Chairperson of the COVID-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee) is the man who has seized centre-stage – providing the expert advice the politicians require to chart our future response to the outbreak. As I write, over 40 people have thus far died ‘of the virus’ in South Africa. I would very much like to know how many of these deaths were directly attributable to Covid-19 and how many were due to related health-issues. It is just possible that not a single death was caused by the virus acting alone.

This makes me wonder if the ‘expert advice’ that has crippled the country was correct. I also note Professor Karim is predicting the ‘spike’ will now only appear in September. It seems the ‘spike’ or ‘apex’ keeps being delayed. Does this mean the people of this country should be on lockdown indefinitely? And if not, what is the actual purpose of the current confinement because this threat is not going to simply disappear.

Similarly, Patrick Buchanan, a man seldom heard from on the MSM has recently pointed out the American political response to the virus threat has resulted in the loss of 1,000 jobs for each person who has died ‘with the virus’.

He does not point out that the ‘experts’ at the Centers for Disease Control predicted 1.7 million fatalities in March and have now reduced that figure to 60,000, but even at 60,000 this translates into 60 million people unemployed.

The jury is still out on the severity of this contagion, but there is little doubt in my mind that the fear that has swept the world, leading to almost certainly the worst depression in history, is based on ‘expert opinion’, amplified by the MSM, that might well be totally wrong.

To quote former UK Supreme Court Judge, Lord Sumption: “…fear is dangerous. It is the enemy of reason. It suppresses balance and judgment. And it is infectious. … Is the coronavirus the latest and most damaging example?…”

35 thoughts on “The Trouble With ‘Experts’.

  1. Hi Hannes,

    I hope you don’t get the dreaded virus, but if you do I trust you will follow Dirty Donald’s advice and drink a glass of bleach before shoving a neon tube up your fundament and switching it on.

    I’m no expert, but I think this might do the trick.

    No worries,

    Frikkie.

    1. Gee whiz Frik you don’t mean to get personal at all do you?
      Did you actually contribute to the debate? I suspect not.

      1. Hi Peddle,

        Thanks for your response. Hannes champions Trump and his many toxic enablers, for example Katie Hopkins.

        I’m simply pointing out that they are the prime purveyors of fake news and their only expertise is in gaslighting and spreading ludicrous lies, otherwise known as fake news.

        Nothing personal, it was sporting of him to post my comment, which was my contribution to the debate.

        Cheers,

        Frikkie.

        1. Just curious to know what ‘ludicrous lies’ Ms Hopkins is responsible for? Can you elaborate a little Frikkie?

  2. Prof Richard LINDZEN’s
    UNIVERSAL PATTERN – CLIMATE, CORONA, etc –
    Misusing Information and Science for Dysfunctional Commercial-Political-Ideological Actionism
    ═════
    Prof Richard LINDZEN is an Independent and Unfalsified World-Authority:

    “….Misrepresentation, exaggeration, cherry-picking, outright lying ….cover all the evidence….”

    “….Implausible conjecture, backed by false evidence …repeated incessantly becomes Politically Correct Knowledge [PCK]…..”

    LINDZEN identifies and details the UNIVERSAL PATTERN of Misusing Information and Science for Dysfunctional Commerial-Political-Ideological-Actionism, cf CLIMATE, CORONA, etc:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2q9BT2LIUA

    This EXPOSITION includes:

    • LINDZEN-Mechanism
    • LINDZEN-Elites
    • LINDZEN-Media
    • LINDZEN-Scientists

  3. sorry off the topic I know, .. Is there a way for one of your experts to fix your .com so that it becomes a secure site ? “… you may want protection from websites that distribute viruses or other malicious software, collectively known as malware. The concept of malware encompasses not just viruses, but also scripts that may run automatically when you load a web page.” I am a bit paranoid I know … but these ‘third party accessors’ drives one nuts with sms’s and junk mail… nevermind the bank account defraudsters … Excellent viewpoint you have… thanks Louise

  4. Sky News Australia is the only reliable conservative right wing news source in Australia. The rest of them, especicially the national broadcaster ABC, are fake, commie, news BS💩.

    1. I’m sorry Phil can’t comment on that but the Sky News content we get here is awful in my view.

    2. Correct, Phil.

      Hannes – Peta Credlin, Alan Jones, Paul Murray, Andrew Bolt and Chris Kenny plus others. All excellent commentators and highly respected here.

      1. Rosie what gives
        Credlin worked with Abbott who closed the auto industry
        Jones just a mouth
        Bolt arrogant
        Don’t know the other two

  5. As usual, dishonest politicians have hijacked this virus scare for their own ends, if not created it.

    The following quote by H.L. Mencken (12/9/1880 – 29/1/1956) should help remind readers what we are all up against when it comes to politics in this world. They never miss an opportunity.

    “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the population alarmed – and hence clamouring to be led to safety by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

    They are certainly doing their job well with this covid-19 hobgoblin, although in this instance we know the virus itself is not ‘imaginary’, nevertheless they seem to be doing a fine job with the fear factor.

    1. I sympathise with you bravely wading through that mainstream media propaganda swampy scum, Hannes. I can’t do it myself. Its too nauseating once one has exited the ‘matrix’ to re-enter, even briefly. The matrix certainly is a world of perception which has little to do with the world of reality.

      In fact the Covid-19 ‘virus’ may well be totally imaginary, because despite all the hysteria and fake statistics, there is no proof that such a ‘virus’ even exists:

      1) There is NO test in existence that tests specifically for a ‘covid-19’ virus. NADA.

      2) The original ‘identification’ of a ‘virus’ named as covid-19 in the Wahun laboratory has now been correctly identified as EXOSOMES. Exosomes are not a virus. They are part of our immune system that exit (exo) the cells to MOP UP TOXINS within our bodies. These toxins could be from anything – air pollution, electro magnetic radiation from cellphone towers etc or even Stress.

      Studying the electron microscope photographs of the ‘virus’ showed them to be identical to exosomes, including the list of their properties.

      For those who really care to get to the bottom of it and understand the biology, Dr Andrew Kaufman has made several videos explaining in layman’s terms the misidentification of exosomes due to the very unscientific methodology used by the chinese laboratory:

      https://needtoknow.news/2020/04/shocker-doctor-shows-why-viruses-are-exosomes-instead-of-causing-illness-they-fight-illness-by-activating-an-immune-response-and-removing-cellular-toxins/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=shocker-doctor-shows-why-viruses-are-exosomes-instead-of-causing-illness-they-fight-illness-by-activating-an-immune-response-and-removing-cellular-toxins

      So if humanity all around the world has a coordinated home imprisonment (so called lock down) of indefinite length, continually extended, what is the real purpose and consequences? Let one of my favorite people GERALD CELENTE explain:

      “Trends Journal: TANK MAN 2.0 – THE CHINESE WAY, YOU WILL OBEY!”

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnzJbuCCdAQ (10 mins)

  6. There are so many issue created by the MSM that are going to change perceptions which will have economic consequences.
    Some incredibly stupid things have been said by people who should be made accountable when their ill informed statements prove to be just that.. ill informed.
    The idolisation of the NHS is a case in point which is going to come with public demands for economically unsustainable reforms.
    Not to belittle their efforts but one MSM platform stated that “They did not sign up for this” ? Yes they did! The same as a soldier who gets killed in the line of duty “signed up for it”
    They are doing their job and doing it well, as are every one else forced into a “hero’s” role by a decision that what will hopefully not turn out to be a huge mistake.

  7. Hi Hannes
    I agree fully . Whilst dangerous for some it is and has been manipulated i believe to simply make buckets of money for some. Great perspective on your part. 40 people get murdered in south africa daily
    Cheers

  8. I keep telling myself everyday. ‘There is fight and there is flight. But there is no fear.

  9. To Kobus Mulder. Hannes is correct, again. Where is your ‘evidence’ that Hannes ‘may’ have erred

    Hannes as you know the Media is owned by the elite cabalist controllers. They are not there for us. Guardian has sold out and interestingly runs at a loss and is sponsored though don’t know by whom. The media is not fair to us thus we are not fair to them.

    The Iraq war was illegal. War crimes were committed. Neither Britain nor USA were under attack. 9/11 was not Arab.

    IPCC also controlled by Elite. Temperature dropping. Refer Habibullo Abdussamatov.
    Australia CSIRO has dropped historic temperature recordings to create a temperature increase today. Refer to Jennifer Marohasy

    Now the main subject Covid-19. I am sick if it being hyped up and referred to as a disease.
    Prof. Stefan Hockertz a German immunologist & toxicologist says Covid-19 is no more dangerous than influenza.
    A Doctor name? asks. How does one manufacture a vaccine for a virus which does not exist.

    In the last US flu season 18/19, 35 million Americans got the flu, 35 thousand died. No substantial publicity. No lock down.

    With a little research it becomes obvious that the Elite have brought their game plan forward. They support a New World Order based upon an enforceable war law and a society where everyone will do as they are told. The precursor organisation was Parliamentarians For World Order.
    They possibly have several things being played out at the moment. It may be a rehearsal to see how compliant we are and what size jack boot to wear next time. A Test run so They are better prepared next time. Maybe by freezing the economy They will be able to buy up distressed assets and have an even greater monopoly. The impeachment of Trump failed and this is Their plan B.
    A lot happening.

    1. The doctor’s name of the video you referred to about ‘How can you create a vaccine for a virus …etc is Dr Andrew Kaufman. See my link in my separate comment.

  10. Another great read and I thank you for your spark of sanity in all this insanity.

  11. Absolutely perfectly put Hannes and as others have pointed out . The whole world is suffering from the biggest hoax staged by China and the libtards .

  12. Hannes there seem to be two sides to this story.

    In my view for the vast majority of humans this is not life threatening. For vulnerable people we are faced with a huge challenge in that our medical facilities cannot cope with the number of severely affected patients that will be presented at the same time.

    Many of these people are loved ones. We simply cannot justify taking no precautions to protect them.

    On the other hand we have a lot of smoke screens going up….how complicit is China ( and the WHO)?

    What utter garbage in the Guardian about Pangolins and holding Trump accountable for not dealing with the Chinese appetite for exotic foods. Has anyone blamed the Chinese Government and the WHO for not intervening?

    The answers to this we know not.

    I agree that the media have gone too far this time.

  13. To all, as a senior in the latter days of my life, death is closer to me than all of you, I assume. Even tho’ I am concerned, I am not frightened. My concern is the masses in SA who have no or marginal education. Those people who have limited understanding regarding the lockdown. Would SA be able to withstand burying, say
    10 million citizens?. I doubt it. It could happen, in the blink of an eye, being that SA lifespan is somewhere round about 60, the blink of an eye could be 30/60 days, it took the Italians & Spaniards between 30 & 60 days to get on top of their problems, they are in a damnside better situation than we are in SA. Idle thoughts of a soon to be octogenarian. Hammy

  14. I think the point made in the article is not that there is no virus nor indeed that some people are dying as a result direct or otherwise.

    Of the actual numbers infected at 100%, a total currently unknown because not all who are positive become more than slightly ill, so far it would seem based on stats bandied about, that between .5 and 3% of those, please note who are hospitalized, may die.

    What we have here is a stats exercise which at its crudest explanation means, that actually possibly 1% of the 4% who are hospitalized of the 100% who become sick who could represent as many as 60% of the 100% of the population of a country and to do this we achieve that happy state which is herd immunity in the absence of an anti-virus serum!

    That is what he is saying. Therefore the valid argument must be discussed in the press – which by the way it is not, that possibly we need to identify the vulnerable people in the society and only isolate them? They seem to be the immune-compromised and the elderly who are often the same!
    The rest go back to work and possibly get a little sick as they may well have with the flue of whom a number actually die as well! The economy however continues. Some wag said in SA 18m people on social welfare grants and who are not working may go out but those who are not and actually make the money to pay the grants may not leave their houses to work!

    A debate on this matter is singularly lacking bar vicious retorts and accusations of inconsideration.
    Yet we have the townships and squatter camps as in the rest of Africa and indeed Brazil et al. So how do you keep them separate without jobs and by extension food? Riding in food parcels will not stop them from getting sick, they will simply become well-fed patients!

    1. I may have Kobus. I’m also searching for answers. Maybe you can explain to me where I have got it wrong?

  15. Great article H with sound criticism. I too yearn to hear how many death are actually as a result of the virus acting alone. I put the blame fairly and squarely on the shoulders of China and the WHO ( who are Chinese puppets). They indeed have blood on their hands for the cover up. Needless to say Bill Gates trying to promote his digital ID program from which he and Big Pharma would have made trillions, is seriously dismayed that DJT has thrown it out the window. And then we have to question the benefits of the global lockdown versus the Sweden model which has shown no out of the ordinary fatalities. There is a deep sinister and dark shroud over this entire scam. The biggest cover up in the world !!!

  16. Hannes, this time you are wrong in many aspects. Stay with subjects that your analyse correctly.

  17. Covid 19……. the biggest and most economically devastating hoax the world has ever seen !

  18. These Doctors and Scientists are dealing with a virus that none has ever seen.Yet you belittle their work and huge efforts.Until you have witnessed a patient writhing under suction,intubated then ventilated,often until a vile death has occurred, with organ failure,you should be the one keen for important news looking to learn as your Father had to in his day.

    1. …er Angela, I think you may be missing Hannes Wessels’s points, which in my opinion are valid. The main ones are that:
      1. “Experts” often get it wrong
      2. “Experts” invariably have a agenda. They are human after all.
      3. The “cure” may be worse than the disease. Particularly in impoverished 3rd world countries, with young populations.
      No one (including Hannes Wessels) is claiming this Covid 19 doesn’t exist or indeed that it is accompanied by some terrible & tragic deaths! But that is sadly the case with many, many illnesses. However we live with that reality & dont kill our countries because of it.

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