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‘Follow The Science’ At Your Peril.

by Hannes Wessels 

At the start of panic over the Corona pandemic I pronounced myself a sceptic; not because I’m terribly clever or better informed on epidemiology or virology, but because I’d seen scientists and ‘experts’ get a lot wrong in the past and wondered aloud if this was not going to be a repeat performance; but one with far greater, and more harmful, immediate impact.

Much of my doubting frame of mind was based on what I had learned being witness to the ‘Global Warming’ alarm which also triggered a global panic with dire predictions of a looming calamity, most of which proved false. Again, I was, and remain no expert on the science, but when I saw former US Vice-President Al Gore leading the charge, and The Guardian at its bellicose best, I immediately concluded there was some left-wing mischief afoot driving an agenda for more sinister reasons and maybe I was right.

Michael Shellenberger, named Time Magazine ‘Hero of the Environment’ in 2008 and once an ‘expert reviewer’ for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change who helped persuade the Obama administration to invest $90 billion in renewable energy, has published a book titled; Apocalypse Never; Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All. In an article discussing the book in Forbes Magazine (subsequently removed), Shellenberger is blunt: “On behalf of Environmentalists, I apologise for the Climate Scare.” He admits he has known the truth for some time but buttoned his lip for fear of “losing friends and funding”.

Some of the startling conclusions he reveals include:

  • The Amazon is not the lungs of the world. Greenpeace dogmatism worsened forest fragmentation of the Amazon.
  • Climate change is not making natural disasters worse.
  • Fires have declined over 25% since 2003 and wildfires in Australia and California were as a result of a build-up of wood fuel and more houses near forests, not climate change.
  • We produce 25% more food than we need and food surpluses will continue to rise as the world gets hotter
  • Adapting to life below sea level made the Netherlands rich not poor
  • The amount of land we use for meat — humankind’s biggest use of land — has declined by an area nearly as large as Alaska.
  • Carbon emissions are declining in most rich nations and have been declining in Britain, Germany, and France since the mid-1970s.

Some other points he makes, which I found particularly pertinent to us in Africa included:

  • Habitat loss and the direct killing of wild animals are bigger threats to species than climate change
  • Wood fuel (trees felled for charcoal) is far worse for people and wildlife than fossil fuels
  • The most important thing for reducing air pollution and carbon emissions is moving from wood to coal to petroleum to natural gas to uranium.

It’s no surprise that these last three facts get so little attention from the ‘Warmists’; habitat loss and decimation of wildlife in Africa is directly linked to uncontrolled population growth, incompetent land husbandry which leads to over-dependence on natural resources for food and energy leading to a destructive and unsustainable ‘slash and burn’ production cycle. But raising awareness of these real and pressing problems might also attract accusations of ‘racism’ or being possessed of a ‘colonialist mentality’ – far easier for the ‘Greenies’ to dodge them. The need to increase the use of gas and uranium in supplying our energy requires fracking and more nuclear facilities and these solutions do not fit with conventional left-wing ideology so they too have to be ignored.

Which leads to the utter confusion bedevilling much of the world today as we are ordered to ‘follow the science’, triggered by information supplied by ‘experts’, fuelled by ‘false news’ and then exploited and abused by, inevitably incompetent and sometimes, malevolent politicians and bureaucrats.

Forgive me if I’m wrong, but it seems to me, the certitude forthcoming from the epidemiologists and assorted ‘experts’, that characterised the initial stages of the so-called pandemic, is no longer that obvious or convincing.

The models emanating from the vaunted, now thoroughly discredited, Imperial College of London, with Neil Ferguson at the fore, have apparently turned out to be bogus. The Americans, with Dr. Fauci in full agreement adopted a similar approach that followed the British lead with disastrous economic consequences. None of the dire predictions on which they based their response have materialised. But providing just one of many examples of a bumbling bureaucrat at work, Fauci, in his wisdom, has deemed it a health risk for Christians to attend Sunday church services and prohibited the practice, but sees no need to inhibit the infective actions of thousands of unmasked, ‘Black Lives Matters’ protestors.

In South Africa, the government response, up to a point, followed a model developed at the University of Stellenbosch headed by Professor Juliet Pullman which predicted up to 351,000 deaths and hospital admissions exceeding available beds by a large number. Again, this has turned out to be an overstated casualty rate; but it was enough for the powers that be, to orchestrate a response that has devastated the country’s economy.

Apart from getting the numbers hopelessly wrong, the experts, starting with the top people at the World Health Organisation [WHO] appear to have over estimated the virulence of the pathogen and the ability of the average healthy person’s immune system to withstand the harmful effects of infection. Fauci, at the beginning of the panic, made it quite clear, that there was no immunity against it. Some credible case studies now show, that for people under 65, the mortality rate from being infected with the virus is a mere .6%.

On the question of masks, there is no convergence of views with some insisting the wearing of them is more harmful than going without. One informed opinion is that people wearing masks should also wear helmets because statistically they have a better chance of being hit on the head by an unidentified flying object than from dying of the Corona virus. The Dutch have abandoned them.

As for the dreaded ‘lockdowns’, more and more evidence is appearing showing they have made no impact on the spread of the virus or to the mortality rate; on the contrary, they may have exacerbated the problem and increased the number of fatalities through the forced confinement of vulnerable people. In South Africa, Nick Hudson, of PANDA (Pandemic Data and Analytics), a respected think-tank looking at the statistics and evidence to hand, has found the lockdowns ‘had no effect at all’.

Sadly, it appears, the ‘experts’ have had their woeful way and visited upon the people of this world, arguably the greatest man-made, and totally avoidable calamity in history. And thus far, nary so much as an admission, let alone an apology, from one of these professional criers of  “Wolf!”

 

 

21 thoughts on “‘Follow The Science’ At Your Peril.

  1. I agree with all you wrote, Hannes. Great article as usual.
    Whether its global warming or a new germ, here’s the REAL agenda behind the excuse to outfox trusting Humanity by the international money power (including royalty and bankers).

    Dr John Coleman revealed their leading organization the secretive Committee of 300’s stated intention is the Count Davignon Post-Industrial Zero Growth plan being enforced by their Club of Rome arm created in 1968 to speed up de-industrialization and depopulation of humanity as ‘surplus to requirements’. Al Gore is a member of the Club of Rome.

    The ‘300’ created the Club of Rome (COR) to speed up their evil agenda to collapse the modern industrial western world into a feudal world in the form of Chinese oriental despotism. (We are all to be Red Chinas). The COR was organized by Aurelio Peccei, Chief Executive Officer for Giovanni Agnelli’s Fiat Motor Company. Until his death Agnelli,( a member of the ancient Italian Black Nobility Agnelli family). This money power were the Genoese and Venetian bankers who moved to Holland then UK. They took over control of Britain through their puppet invader, William of Orange, who created the Bank of England.
    These are the money power who created the square mile independent Corporation of the City of London, and the Bank of England, from which their world government rules through the Royal Institute of International Affairs which directs all the american governments via the Council on Foreign Relations, whilst milking and controlling all the powerful taxfree American FOUNDATIONS.
    These are the powerful scum (scum floats to the top) who destroyed Rhodesia then South Africa. and put the marxist terrorists into power in both countries. Mandela was a puppet of David Rockefeller and Knighted by the Queen for his actions. Mandela brought in pornography and abortions to SA.

  2. Some good view points Hannes. No one really has the answers as this virus revolves but I concur on one point- we cant carry on isolating ourselves, head in the sand like ostriches. Someone has to provide the taxes that government need to provide relief (read that to mean any other country but south Africa). Tax comes from business. Business is conducted by people. Circle closed. Here endeth the lesson.
    Good article on this https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-8605931/amp/DAME-HELENA-MORRISSEY-poor-wholl-suffer-dont-return-office.html

  3. Gill it is an estimate as I state.Hannes is scoffing at estimates that scientists made in the initial horror of discovery that this Pandemic is like no other.Happy Womens’ Day – I’m off to celebrate now.

  4. Mixed messaging from a Conspiracy Theorist who sees the boogey man behind every bush.Ramaphosa’s heart is in the right place and it is obvious that the irredeemable state capture cohort till holds sway when it comes to exploiting ongoing circumstances.Your continual pessimistic Doomsday beliefs just reinforce my view of you as a cynic while we ,as forward thinking humans, would rather anticipate improved therapeutics,vaccines,and natural remedies enabling us to return to a New Normal.You have the choice of seeing a therapist rather than testing positive.

  5. Totally agree, your initial scepticism is validated. The left-wing (media supported) mouthpiece at work and sadly adds further momentum to Trumps “false media” claim and the danger it has to us all.

    Great article

  6. Dear Hannes,
    A good article, thank you. Now we just need to get to the bottom of the aforementioned “experts opinions” on what grounds they withdrew access to some of the drugs that may have been beneficial in preventing and also speeding up recovery on Covid positive patients.
    Cheers, enjoy your evening.

  7. Thank you as always for your clear perspective entering into the weekend. Much to think about and consider. Have a great weekend.

  8. An awesome summary of the world as we see it now, with a smattering of justified face-slapping of those idiots ( all of them) who justified this nonsense.

    Fauci and the Wuhan Hoo-Haa Organisation are a complete laughing stock of the entire planet – however, their influence is not.

    This is not a pandemic, and they always knew it wasn’t…..

    Suicides from the outcome of this will outnumber the actual bug-kills….. but you won’t hear that reported!

    1. How do you define Pandemic? 20 MILLION POSITIVE CASES CONFIRMED IN 213 COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES, 720,000 DEAD.

      1. Fakery. First of all, when you quote ’20 million positive cases’, the RT-PCR test shows 80% false positive cases. In fact in Tanzania a paw-paw tested positive. This means the ‘test’ is meaningless and fraudulent.

        Secondly Bill Gates, eugenicist (depopulation advocate who prefers to use vaccines for the job he said) and world medical dictator, has no medical qualifications. Fauci, the other medical dictator, is an immunologist (vaccine man), he is no expert in infectious diseases.

        Thirdly, the scientist who created the PCR test stipulated that at no time was it ever to be used as a diagnostic tool! So the ‘tests’ are a nonsense, junk science.
        Fourthly, hospitals and doctors are being PAID every time they diagnose a covid death. Isn’t that an easy way to make a wad of money – just call every death a covid death. This is happening according to whistleblowers and family members.
        Fifthly, since the coronacon, there are no longer any deaths around the world from cancer, diabetes, heart attack, car accidents, or the FLU, only coronacon deaths. Yes they are desperately fudging the figures.

        Worse still, researcher Andrew Kaufman M.D. studied the original scientific papers from Wuhan Lab which claimed to identify a ‘covid-19’ virus. He found this fraudulent as at no time in their research methodology did they ever identify any virus, let alone one they chose to name ‘covid-19’. If they had identified a virus they were then supposed to purify it then test it on healthy people to see if they received the same symptoms. NONE OF THIS WAS DONE.
        Nor did they use the golden standard Koch’s Postulate method required to prove it is scientific and not nonsense.

        Moreover, we have worldwide a 99.991% chance of NOT dying from this new ‘germ’ , Lee Merritt M.D. revealed at the 2020 Doctors for Disaster Preparedness Conference. In Canada for instance, there is a .0006% chance of dying from a new germ.

        In 2020, for the first time in history the medical use of the word ‘cases’ has been re-defined. Throughout history up until the end of 2019 the word ‘cases’ meant ‘a sick person’, such as someone who had pneumonia for example. In the covid-19 newspeak world of 2020, the meaning of the word ‘cases’ has been altered to mean someone who has had some arbitrary test of some antibody to pneumonia. Now they are testing people and they are calling them ‘cases’. That is not epidemiology, that’s fraud!
        Moreover, Fauci made false claims by contradicting scientific papers from his own CDC (written pre- the coronacon world conspiracy agenda) which concluded face nappies and social distancing are ineffective and pointless.
        All over the U.S. there are people who stood in line to be tested after registering their names and addresses but eventually gave up and left without being tested due to the long lines. Yet they received in the mail their ‘positive’ results!
        The upshot is that Humanity is being terrorised for no good reason. The wearing of face nappies is just a symbol of submission. It is not scientifically sound and detrimental to our health.

        Using the Class II Medical Device ear-loop face masks it was proven that sheetrock dust particles which are 10 microns easily penetrated through the masks. Viruses are 0.125 microns. Any questions? Its about size, and size does matter.
        The ‘Warning’ on the hospital ear loop mask package states, “This product will not provide any protection against covid-19 (coronavirus) or any other viruses or contaminants. Wearing an ear-loop mask does not reduce the risk of contracting any disease or infection.”

        But let’s give the final say to the CDC itself:
        “We did not find evidence that surgical type face masks are effective…either when worn by infected persons (source control) or by persons in the general community.” And “We did not find evidence of a major effect of hand hygiene on laboratory –confirmed influenza virus transmission.” And “We found no evidence that surface and object cleaning could reduce influenza transmission.”

        Mandates are only for the little people. Washington D.C. Mask mandate exempts lawmakers and government employees, and Wisc. Government exempts politicians from the Mask Order. If there was a real threat and masks actually filtered viruses, these people would be keen to save themselves by wearing the masks enforced upon us plebs. ‘Social Distancing’ is the same junk science (source: “Engineered Pandemics: Tyranny by Technocracy”, Lee Merritt M.D., website Red Pill University)

  9. readers might also wish to follow ukcolumn/news for the Corona Virus saga in UK.
    They have exposed with chapter and verse where this is going. So it applies to SA as well regards
    john.cruttwell@sfr.fr

  10. Hannes,Your whole premise insinuating that this is bogus,a hoax is so short sighted when the Pandemic is still in it s throes and some estimates are that by 2,643 2 billion will be dead.If it had been treated like flu,on your bogus premises,a catastophe could result, like 7 million could have died in NYC,alone.

    1. Well I beg to disagree. This is not going to go away either, so do we live like this for the rest of our lives? At the start of the so-called pandemic you admonished me for not joining our president’s praise singers; do you remain in awe of the great man? You must be thrilled with his management of the Relief funding; maybe as thrilled as the Ferrari dealers?

    2. Angela Botha, are you referring to the yr 2643 ? 2B dead? Just trying to wrap my head around your comment?

      1. I don’t comment in order for someone like you to correct punctuation nor grammar and logic.You have n’t got anything to say at all;poor brain,poor memory,poor.

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