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Infrastructure Bill Includes Capitol Building Expansion To Hold All The Pfizer Lobbyists

Satire:

Infrastructure Bill Includes Capitol Building Expansion To Hold All The Pfizer Lobbyists

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senate leaders revealed today that Biden’s “Build Back Better” infrastructure plan will include $86 Billion for a brand-new Capitol Building construction project. The Capitol will be expanded to hold 100 Senators, 435 Representatives, and 1,423 Pfizer lobbyists.

h/t Tom Nelson


Not satire:

There’s plenty more lobbying where that came from:

Pfizer’s full FDA approval could lead to even greater profits

      • By Melissa Holzberg and Tara Suter, Open Secrets

Pfizer reported $5.6 billion in net income during the second quarter of 2021 — that’s up more than $2 billion (from $3.5 billion) from its second quarter of 2020 report to the Securities and Exchange Commission. In the first half of 2021, Pfizer reported nearly $10.5 billion in net income. The company brought in $6.9 billion in the first six months of 2020.

In 2020, Pfizer spent $13.2 million on its lobbying efforts — that’s up from $11 million in 2019 and the most the company has spent on lobbying since 2009 during the debate over the Affordable Care Act.

Speaking of profiteering:

Merck’s 4,000% Markup of Taxpayer-Funded COVID Drug Is ‘Extortion,’ Critics Say

Pharma giant Merck is facing accusations of price gouging after it charged the U.S. more than $700 per patient for a taxpayer-funded coronavirus treatment that, according to research, costs just $17.74 to produce.

And plenty of ways to potentially lobby:

Political staffers and top bureaucrats score good Pfizer jobs. Nice career path if you can get it:

REVEALED: Pfizer Lobbying Hits Decade High as DOZENS of High-Profile Political Appointees Become Big Pharma Reps

by Natalie Winters and Raheem Kassam October 6, 2021, RightsFreedoms

Many of the new Big Pharma hires have come from consulting firms with deep and historical links to the current White House, and President Joe Biden himself. In October alone Pfizer tapped Sudafi Henry, Joe Biden’s former legislative affairs director from his days as Vice President.

David Schiappa, a longtime Republican staff member of the Senate holding the role of Secretary for Leader Mitch McConnell, is also lobbying for Pfizer.

It might be all legal. What would stop this trainwreck? An investigative media.

Anyone seen one?

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116 comments to Infrastructure Bill Includes Capitol Building Expansion To Hold All The Pfizer Lobbyists

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    Jojodogfacedboy

    Jo, thank you!
    Brilliant satire!
    Made me laugh.

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      John+R+Smith

      I think the ‘satire’ notification is critical.
      Otherwise we wouldn’t know.

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        John+R+Smith

        I would also like to point out that there is no evidence for this being satire.
        As no less than the Speaker of the House proclaimed, “we have to pass bills to know what’s in the them.”
        Jo, your satire label is unsupported by evidence.
        To verify this ‘satire’ label will require years of sifting through 1000s of pages of bureaucratic coded documentation.

        Lets go Brandon.

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          OriginalSteve

          Speaking if satire, i thought this was a joke, but no…a whole city of lab rats…poor blighters…

          https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/576138-pfizer-planning-to-vaccinate-brazil-city-in-study

          “Pfizer announced a plan to fully vaccinate an entire Brazilian city to study the long-term effects and safety of its COVID-19 vaccine in a “real-life scenario.”

          “The one-year study will simulate a situation in which everyone aged 12 and older is fully vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech serum. It will closely monitor how long vaccine effectiveness lasts and how it works against new variants, according to The New York Times.

          “The study will take place in the Brazilian city of Toledo, where 98 percent of the population is vaccinated. It will be conducted by a hospital, a university, local health officials and Brazil’s national vaccination program, the Times reported.

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            OriginalSteve

            Second bio wepon testing has commenced?

            https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/china-prepares-possible-large-scale-covid-19-outbreak-leaked-ccp-documents

            “China Prepares For Possible Large-Scale COVID-19 Outbreak: Leaked CCP Documents

            “The Chinese regime has notified local authorities to prepare for a large-scale outbreak of COVID-19, according to leaked internal documents obtained by the Chinese Epoch Times.

            “One document, titled “Notice of Further Strengthening of Epidemic Prevention” was issued by the Chinese regime’s State Council, and forwarded by Fujian provincial government to local authorities on Sept. 30.

            “The other is a “National Day Epidemic Prevention Notice” issued by the State Council on Oct. 1 and distributed by the Fujian provincial officials to local authorities.

            “The documents are both marked “extra urgent.”

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            John+R+Smith

            O Steve,
            holy Toledo, or perhaps unholy Toledo.
            “real life scenario”
            We are to reduced to satirizing the satire of the satire.

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    Simon

    Pharmaceuticals have a very high upfront R&D cost, so comparing price with marginal production cost is misleading.

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      Broadie

      And in this comment lies the prescription for the death of the Western Judeo Christian civilization built on a Capitalistic economic system.

      Better Widgets are produced more efficiently yet the cost continues to climb due to the fact that the effectively One Party State preselect one group of lawyers to protect the extravagant lifestyles of their mates in private industry.

      The cost of litigation has created an Oligarcy immune to the power of the electors.

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        Richard+C+(NZ)

        >”One Party State preselect one group of lawyers to protect the extravagant lifestyles of their mates in private industry”

        American fascism. Goes back 100 years.

        Latest incarnation, as Trump put it at his Iowa rally:

        “This bill is a sinister combination of job killing tax hikes and woke fascism that will destroy our nation.”

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          Richard+C+(NZ)

          Amuses me that the Left says Trump is “dangerous to our democracy.” Here’s Daily Beast columnist Dean Obeidallah on Trump’s Iowa rally:

          “This is politics at its worst — and at its most dangerous for our democracy

          Truth be known, I think he really means – “most dangerous for our [Democrat Party power]”

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          Richard+C+(NZ)

          >”One Party State preselect one group of lawyers to protect the extravagant lifestyles of their mates in private industry”

          Big Pharma case in point but US AG Merrick Garland, his Marxist war on parents via the FBI, and his protection of his son-in-law’s multi-million $ CRT revenue stream (and anti-Trump promos) is another.

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          Kevin T Kilty

          American Fascism may actually go back 200 years to the birth of the Democratic party itself. Andrew Jackson tore the native Americans from their homelands and put them on the trail of tears. Democrats first hundred years also includes the fight to maintain slavery, the KKK, Wilsons segregation of the Federal workforce, and jailing objectors to WWI who weren’t let out of prison until Warren Harding did so in 1921. You’ve gotta’ admit, it was a pretty good start.

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      Ronin

      Isn’t that cost amortised over the lifespan of the drug, I mean you don’t pay $500,000 for new model run Toyota.

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        Amortisation is possible as long the patents run.

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          GlenM

          Also submit to the Corporate Fascists who control everyone and everything. So much for the manipulators.

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          Hanrahan

          That short sentence explains why calling the medical racket the “health industry” is a misnomer. They have no interest in having people healthy.

          If you want to improve your health consult Dr Google extensively and selectively.

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      Therefore, the time to present the new drug was quite short.
      In general the research for a new drug needs several years plus the test phses.a, in that case you were right. But here we have a very short time a such price isn’t justified by the research costs.

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        Destroyer D69

        Are lobbying expenses a permitted component of research costing????? They seem to be able to significantly reduce the time required to prove the safety of the drug under development.

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          Custer Van Cleef

          Another cost of business are the billion dollar fines Big Pharma has reportedly had to pay in recent times, for all their ethical breaches. They just set their prices a bit higher to cover those expenses.

          Big Business pays for lobbying. Lobbyists target crooked politicians. Those politicians give Big Business what it wants… and it’s understood they’ll get a job with Big Business, after they retire from politics, either (a) in the boardroom or (b) as a lobbyist.

          A nice little earner for the worst people in our ‘democracies’.

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            Custer Van Cleef

            … everything I said about politicians, applies to Officials working inside government bodies — people with decision making powers, or control of a budget. They’re all targeted by lobbyists.

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            William Astley

            It weird. You are correct. And it is Nazi evil.

            The manmade ‘drugs’ to treat let say schizophrenia or depression, do not cure schizophrenia or depression. The antipsychotic drugs suppress brain cell activity (they are major tranquillizers) which is not a cure. Long term this causes the brain to shrink, organ damage, early death, and dementia. The brain suppressing/altering drugs, long term, are not safe or useful. The pharmaceutical ‘tests’ of new brain altering chemicals Vs ‘Mental’ illness is for six weeks, against a placebo.

            80% of Schizophrenia patients and 80% of the clinically depressed patients (Clinical depression use to be rare) prior to drug use … Recovered and did not require treatment and lived normal lives. Most of these people are now on public support.

            Schizophrenia and clinical depression are chronic conditions which destroy lives and those suffering end up on public support, because of the long term side effects of the drugs. This fact, how the drugs damage the brain and cause suicides, has found a Boston reporter who wrote a book that summarized the scam.

            https://www.amazon.com/Anatomy-Epidemic-Bullets-Psychiatric-Astonishing/dp/1491513217
            Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America
            “This plague of disabling mental illness has now spread to our children, too. In 1987, there were 16,200 children under eighteen years of age (William: In the US) who received an SSI (William: SSI social security disability insurance) payment because they were disabled by a serious mental illness.

            But starting in 1990, the number of mentally ill children began to rise dramatically, and by the end of 2007, there were 561,569 such children on the SSI disability rolls. In the short span of twenty years, the number of disabled mentally ill children rose thirty-five fold (William: and the prescriptions of psychoactive drugs to children has also risen by 35 times). Mental illness is now the leading cause of disability in children, with the mentally ill group comprising 50 percent of the total number of children on the SSI rolls in 2007.”

            Same statics for depression. ‘Treatment’ for ‘Depression’ in the US has increased by a factor ten. The chemicals prescribed for ‘depression’ cause long term chemical damage to the brain.

            Pharmagedon by David Healy
            Page 162
            The Cochrane Center had made it clear that there was a great deal of duplicate publication. The four initial trials of Zypexa in schizophrenia for instance had given rise to 234 publications – of one sort or another – almost entirely company written.

            Not one publication hinted that patients in these trails had the highest suicide rate in clinical trials history; suicide was in fact rare in schizophrenia before the advent of antipsychotics (22). Not one publication mentioned that the patients in these trails went on to develop diabetes at a rate triple the background rate in the general population, when diabetes was almost unheard of in schizophrenia before antipsychotics (23). The publications concealed the extent of weight gain in the patients given Zypexa, whose weight often ballooned by anything from 20 to 140 pounds.

            These and subsequent publications also failed to reveal that, regardless of diagnosis, Zypexa raised cholesterol levels more than almost any other drug in medicine – although Zypexa had received a patent in part based on company claims that it would be less likely than other antipsychotics to raise cholesterol levels.

            https://www.schmidtlaw.com/zyprexa-lawsuit/
            Eli Lilly Pays $500 Million Zyprexa Settlement

            In January 2007, Eli Lilly agreed to pay $500 million to settle 18,000 Zyprexa lawsuits from people who claim they developed diabetes or other health problems. Including earlier settlements, the company paid about $1.2 billion to resolve lawsuits involving 28,500 people.

            Eli Lilly Pays $1.42 Billion to Settle Investigation Over Zyprexa Marketing
            In January 2009, the Justice Department accepted a $1.42 billion settlement after Eli Lilly agreed to plead guilty for promoting Zyprexa for “off-label” uses that were not approved by the FDA.
            Investigators say Eli Lilly promoted Zyprexa for elderly adults with dementia — including patients with Alzheimer’s — which are unapproved uses. The label now has a “Black Box” warning that Zyprexa increases the risk of death for elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis.

            https://www.nationalinjuryhelp.com/defective-drugs/prozac/
            FDA Warning: Rare but Serious Skin Reactions
            Has there been a black box warning for Prozac?

            In 2007, the FDA issued a black box warning for Prozac about the increased risks of suicidal thoughts and behavior during initial treatment. The FDA considered initial treatment to be the first one to two months of taking Prozac.
            What are the dangers of taking Prozac during pregnancy?

            SSRI’s have been classified a Category C safety for pregnant women.
            In July 2011, a case study revealed that the use of SSRI’s during the first trimester of pregnancy are linked with an increased risk of autism in a child.

            Prozac Lawsuits
            Thousands of people have filed claims against Eli Lilly & Co., the makers of Prozac. Although the FDA approved the drug in 1987, there were links to side effects like suicidal thoughts and violent behavior by 1990. The FDA has forced that Prozac’s labels be adjusted to warn users of the dangers; it has not been recalled from the market. In addition, Prozac carries a black box warning from the FDA.

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      Bruce

      What is the cost of “lubricating” the approval process?

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        Amicus Curiae

        setting up supposed “grassroots” consumer advocacy to push for the new wonder drug and free supply for a short time to selected patients to add cries of cant do without it etc(recent past Solyndra for cancers)the actual trial data is horrifying re side effects and the miniscule extra months it might…give a few if it didnt kill em
        then a PR round of docs media soirees and lectures
        and then HUGE charges by FDA to approve it
        curious how rare it is for the FDA to knock even the shoddiest drug or device back after the companies PAID so much basically to BE approved

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      Strop

      I thought the US govt poured billions into the Covid vaccine R&D and it wasn’t left to just the drug companies to fund it.

      Sure, drug companies do take financial risks on trying to develop drugs and the investment and risk needs to be recouped plus more.
      But another example. Between 2000 – 2019 there was $15.3b spent on HIV research. 80% govt funded and 11% donations. Ony 9% drug company.

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      Richard+C+(NZ)

      >”Pharmaceuticals have a very high upfront R&D cost”

      Malaria vaccine development time – 30 years.

      Corona “vaccine” development time – 10 months to Phase III starting January 2020 (Pfizer).

      What was the upfront R&D + Development cost to Pfizer over 10 months (see below)?

      It would be a fraction of $10.5 billion first half 2021 NET income alone. I’m not buying the “very high upfront R&D cost” idea for this particular “vaccine”.

      Also,

      Operation Warp Speed

      The first news report of Operation Warp Speed was on April 29, 2020,[3][4][5] and the program was officially announced on May 15, 2020

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Warp_Speed

      Pfizer didn’t take US funding, those that did:

      Johnson & Johnson
      AstraZeneca–University of Oxford
      Moderna
      Novavax
      Merck and IAVI
      Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline

      As of October 2020, Operation Warp Speed had spent less than $1 billion to support the development and manufacturing of three monoclonal antibody treatments, versus almost $10 billion on six vaccines.

      Meanwhile,

      Pfizer–BioNTech
      The BioNtech project to develop a novel mRNA technology for a COVID-19 vaccine was called “Project Lightspeed”, which started in mid-January 2020 at BioNTech’s laboratories in Mainz, Germany, just days after the SARS-Cov-2 genetic sequence was first made public.[52] In September 2020, BioNTech received €375 million (US$445 million) from the government of Germany to accelerate the development and production capacity of the Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

      So US and German taxpayers footed much of the “vaccine” development bill – NOT Big Pharma.

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        Richard+C+(NZ)

        Problem is, there’s been an unfortunate aftermath to these “vaccines”:

        ‘Nearly all “covid” deaths in September occurred in the fully vaccinated [UK]’

        The Office for National Statistics (ONS) in the United Kingdom has released a new dataset showing that 81 percent of everyone who died in the month of September after testing “positive” for the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) was “fully vaccinated” in accordance with government guidelines.

        In the U.K. alone during the month of September, some 30,305 people died within 21 days of getting injected for the Chinese Flu. This was an inadvertent admission by the ONS, which had previously told inquiring minds that “they do not hold this information.”

        https://www.naturalnews.com/2021-10-10-nearly-all-covid-deaths-september-fully-vaccinated.html

        Status of those injected in the US is unvaccinated within 14 days of injection – so a vaccine induced death within 14 days is an “unvaccinated” statistic (lies, damn lies…).

        Heart attacks up 25% in Scotland which started “vaccinating” in Dec 2020. Diabolical accounts of vax injuries in the US which also started in Dec.

        Australia is lagged 2 months, New Zealand 4 months. So what is turning up now in the North, Australia can expect in 2 months time and New Zealand in 4 months time.

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          Richard+C+(NZ)

          >”Heart attacks up 25% in Scotland”

          The crux is this:

          “Vaccine” spike protein binds to ACE-2 receptor. ACE-2 normally releases blood thinner but that ability is now compromised.

          ACE-2 function is balanced by ACE-1 which releases blood coagulant. But that balance is now compromised.

          Result – Hypercoagulation

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          Strop

          In the U.K. alone during the month of September, some 30,305 people died within 21 days of getting injected for the Chinese Flu.

          30,000 people usually die every 21 days in the UK. That figure is pretty consistent each year 2015 to 2019 as an annual total deaths averaged for each 21 day period. I don’t know about the average for the month of Sept specifically though.
          The UK had 73,000 covid deaths in 2020 and the total deaths in the UK for 2020 was 608,000. 76,000 above the average for the previous 5 year average. Very similar to the covid death total.

          Will be interesting to see if the 2021 total deaths depart from the typical average plus covid death total by much. If it doesn’t depart much it would seem most likely the 30K who died within 21 days of the vaccine were going to die in that timeframe anyway. If there’s an unexplained jump in total deaths then maybe people were killed by the jab.

          81 percent of everyone who died in the month of September after testing “positive” for the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) was “fully vaccinated”

          Of course the majority of those who die will be the vaccinated. Nearly 90% of those aged over 70 are vaccinated. I bet if you look into the stats you quote the cause of death isn’t necessarily covid. It’s simply a death where the person tested positive to covid within 21 days prior to their death, but the cause of death isn’t necessarily a covid death.

          It’s funny that many people were claiming covid isn’t a really bad virus because deaths attributed to covid were false in many cases. That the death was with covid and not because of covid. Now we have people saying the vaccine isn’t effective because of people dying with covid and not because of covid.

          Heart attacks up 25% in Scotland

          Sounds like it might be a jab problem but is the increase due to a lack of doctor consultation during covid restrictions. Is it a consequence of getting covid. Or is it jab related.

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            OriginalSteve

            This blog has great statistical stuff

            He must be onto something as he apparently has been booted from some social media.

            https://roundingtheearth.substack.com/p/mechanistic-evidence-of-vaccine-induced

            “Mechanistic Evidence of Vaccine-Induced Mortality
            “The Chloroquine Wars Part LXXV

            “Mathew Crawford
            Oct 4
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            “”A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it.” -Bertrand Russell

            “Debates over causality in biomedical data are poorly framed. The fact of the matter is, causality cannot ever rise above the level of opinion (until such time at which all the mysteries of the universe are unraveled, which seems exceedingly unlikely in the age of “Trust the Science”). Criteria such as Bradford-Hill are not what guides most doctors and scientists who often form opinions based on some subset of those or other criteria because any evidence is better than no evidence. But weaker opinions turn to stronger ones when the evidence suggests a mechanistic picture, however we check the criteria boxes.

            “The Evidence Comes Together

            “We already have plenty of evidence painting a picture of a great deal of COVID-19 and vaccine-associated injury caused by the spike protein (here and here). Recent research (Patterson et al, 2021) suggests long haulers have a hard time exercising until spike protein filters from the body, which dovetails into evidence we discuss below. In this article, we discuss the addition of both dose dependence and delivery dependence of damage associated with mRNA inoculations (Pfizer and Moderna) to the evidence pool. As we continue, ask yourself what evidence would move your needle [of judgment] toward a likelihood of substantial vaccine-induced mortality if all of this does not.

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            Richard+C+(NZ)

            Strop, I gave you a green tick for a reasoned response, however:

            >”Of course the majority of those who die will be the vaccinated. Nearly 90% of those aged over 70 are vaccinated.”

            ‘Life expectancy in the UK: 2017 to 2019’

            “Life expectancy at birth in the UK in 2017 to 2019 was 79.4 years for males and 83.1 years for females

            https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/lifeexpectancies/bulletins/nationallifetablesunitedkingdom/2017to2019

            Seems to me, given the life expectancies, this is something of a Pascal’s Gamble.

            Voluntary choices, either:

            1. No “vaccine”, no vax injury risk (including death), normal life expectancy but risk of virus mitigated by protective measures.

            2. “Vaccine”, vax injury risk (including death), normal life expectancy compromised by dual virus/vax risk (“breakthrough” of former).

            1 risk vs 3 risks.

            Why voluntarily choose 3 risks over 1 given the vax injuries and death that can ensue?

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              Richard+C+(NZ)

              >”risk of virus mitigated by protective measures”

              I worked the first NZ lockdown as an “essential worker” in an export food production facility. This was required in order to help NZ pay its bills during the epidemic apparently.

              400 people per shift, 2 shifts a day. People from all over the world. Being food we were already washing hands around 6 – 9 times a shift and lots of mask wearing because kiwifruit dust.

              Social distancing and plexiglass screens introduced (although neither proven to prevent transmission). This for “compliance”.

              No cases over entire season except one manager of a our Vanuatu seasonal workers hostel. Probably brought in by a backpacker from Rotorua but manager evicted half the Vanuatuans anyway.

              There were no vaccines at this time to force mutation (ADE). Point being that vaccines of any type (even real conventional attenuated virus type) should NOT be introduced DURING an epi/pandemic because then a virus has no reason to mutate and natural immunity can develop.

              Meanwhile construction sites were closed down where workers were distanced by the nature of work e.g. individual enclosed vehicles. I thought at the time this was insane because I was driving to/from work on a closed down roadworks bypass where I was one of the very few roadusers.

              It would have been the ideal time to complete the work.

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          Kalm Keith

          Thanks Richard, interesting stuff.

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          Richard+C+(NZ)

          >”Diabolical accounts of vax injuries in the US”

          Worse worldwide:

          ‘Over 2.1 million vaccine injuries reported to WHO over just the last nine months’

          The database [VigiAccess] contains an Adverse Drug Reactions tab that allows the public to understand the type of medical issues associated with a specific vaccine. The covid-19 vaccines are causing blood and lymphatic system disorders, vaginal hemorrhaging, endometrial cancers, myocarditis, blood clots, stillbirth, renal failure and cardiac disorders. There are over 10,000 anaphylactic reactions, over 75,000 cases of chest pain and discomfort. Cases of arrhythmia (5774), atrial fibrillation (5450), myocardial infarction (4035) , angina pectoris (3098), and cardiac arrest (2719) are just beginning of the cardiac disorders observed post vaccination.

          https://www.naturalnews.com/2021-10-11-million-vaccine-injuries-reported-who-nine-months.html

          “Very rare” according to our NZ Director-general of health Ashley Bloomfield:

          ‘New Zealand woman dies of ‘very rare side-effect’ after Pfizer jab’

          Director-general of health Ashley Bloomfield said myocarditis is a “very rare side-effect” and vaccination was much safer than the risk of being infected with Covid-19.

          https://ca.movies.yahoo.com/zealand-woman-dies-very-rare-084234644.html

          Cold comfort (literally) when you’re dead.

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      Kalm Keith

      Yes R&D is expensive, but then, Rorting and Deception should never be made too easy or things might get out of hand.

      Sorry I forgot Joe: “and out of mind”.

      Which reminds me, where are Kamahla and AOC. Are they real?

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      Alexander Carpenter

      You appear to be missing the obvious point, that hose “upfront costs” have already been paid by government grants. In other words, no development (or a few) costs for the Pharmas. The only major expense they have is lobbying…

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    Erasmus

    “ What would stop this trainwreck? An investigative media.”
    A properly functioning media would have stopped the rot in the USA a long time ago, certainly back around the turn of the 21st century. But no, we saw a constant parade of partisan hacks leading to the annointing of Obama, and the concealment of so much groundwork for what pertains now.

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      OldOzzie

      National Political Propagandist Anthony Fauci Expresses His Sadness as COVID Cases Drop Rapidly

      Positive COVID-19 cases have plummeted nationally. Symptomatic cases as well severe illness, hospitalizations and death have also collapsed. Given the scientific discussion surrounding variant strength and transmissibility, my own belief is that the number of non-vaccinated Americans has stabilized; and the hardcore unvaxxed group, with strong natural antibody immunity – or strong immune systems writ large, is now defeating virus pop-ups in significant enough population scale/strength to drop the infection rate.

      However, as the infection rate declines, and the number of severe illness cases drops dramatically, Dr. Anthony Fauci is reduced to the position of a hammer looking for a nation of diminishing nails. Fauci appears very sad today on CNN, as the little shred of his expertise that remains is increasingly useless.

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        Vicki

        and the hardcore unvaxxed group, with strong natural antibody immunity – or strong immune systems writ large, is now defeating virus pop-ups in significant enough population scale/strength to drop the infection rate.

        Gosh, I would like that to be the case, Old Ozzie. Not sure that immunologists are that positive.

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          Sceptical+Sam

          Careful Vicki, you’re tempting a pile on.

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            OriginalSteve

            Maybe…but a lot of Americans have realized the vax is dangerous and have wisely slammed on the brakes and refused the vax.

            This of course have upset the Elite who were hoping most people would be gullible and take it.

            There was a smarmy self congratulatory bit of excrement that one “jouranlist” in a well known paper here in Oz that celebrated kicking the stuffing out of a celeb who decided to actually express an opinion that went counter to the needle n*zis vicious enforcement of their twisted view of the world.

            A side comment – friend had relatives in the UK who had a mild cold, alter they got tested “Oh you had covid”… no biggie…..

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    Erasmus

    Simon, above – normally you’d be right, but that’s when the full gamut of testing is run.

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    Ronin

    “What would stop this trainwreck? An investigative media.”

    Aren’t they on the endangered species list. ?

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    Geoffrey+Williams

    Jesus it’s ugly !!
    GeoffW

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    Peter Fitzroy

    Regulatory Capture is where the industry expands its reach to have laws favourable to the industry enacted by lawmakers who depend on that industry for funding. This is a feature of the system, and is particularly advanced in America’s Health Care (the most expensive in the world) sector, America’s Financial (too big to fail) or the American tech sector (lets ban better technology from china), or lets self regulate like Boing and its 737 Max

    I blame the green leftists, despite the fact that they have never been in positions of power, that is just an example of how cleaver they are

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      David Maddison

      Peter is actually mostly correct on this except that he blames Greens when in fact it is all Leftists in general, including those Leftists who falsely label themselves conservatives, Malcolm Turnbull and Matt Kean being two notable examples.

      For those that don’t know what “regulatory capture” is, Wikipedia has a surprisingly honest definition (See my quote at bottom).

      It is a powerful method by which the Left are destroying free enterprise and Western Civilisation in general. It is essentially the system that the National Socialists used. Yes, they did allow private companies but they had to do exactly what the state wanted, as directed. The state did not have the resources to do as they wanted so they had to allow these private companies to exist.

      This is how both Big Green and Big Pharma make their money. It is NOT by free enterprise in free markets.

      And a reminder, the leadership of the
      firms, I.G. Farben and Krupp were charged with war crimes at Nuremberg.

      Even civilian contractors to evil regimes don’t get to claim “they were just following orders”.

      In politics, regulatory capture (also client politics) is a form of corruption of authority that occurs when a political entity, policymaker, or regulator is co-opted to serve the commercial, ideological, or political interests of a minor constituency, such as a particular geographic area, industry, profession, or ideological group.

      When regulatory capture occurs, a special interest is prioritized over the general interests of the public, leading to a net loss for society. The theory of client politics is related to that of rent-seeking and political failure; client politics “occurs when most or all of the benefits of a program go to some single, reasonably small interest (e.g., industry, profession, or locality) but most or all of the costs will be borne by a large number of people (for example, all taxpayers)”.

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        Ted1

        The “green leftists” never had “the numbers”. But they did hold the Balance of Power, which gives power far beyond numbers.

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          clarence.t

          And they do occupy a very large proportion of more local governance.

          Other people actually work for a living.

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          Peter+Fitzroy

          want to name a few names?

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            Kalm Keith

            Nutella.
            Her offsider, Bathing in an annual gratuity of over $400,000 a year.
            Their achievements: Nutella represented the rate payers, why?, at a U.N. good cities programme overseas, of course.
            Since then we have been reclassified as a “town” and the town administration has moved into a brand new, multi storey, high rise, impregnable office block with open air Sun deck atop. Only special employees allowed up there.

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      Forrest Gardener

      PF I have encouraged you to be a better troll. You have taken the first step. Who knows, perhaps one day you could be a useful member of an online community somewhere. I encourage you to search long and wide.

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      Tel

      When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.

      — P. J. O’Rourke

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    David Maddison

    The problem with satirising the Left is that they end up doing the incredible stupidity you were satirising them about.

    And never say to a Leftist “how stupid can you get”. They see it as a challenge.

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    Travis T. Jones

    The only people getting immunity are big pharma, politicians and doctors … immunity from legal prosecution.

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      PeterS

      Their immunity from legal persecution will not mean diddly-aquat if the mob get angry and start hunting them down like rabid dogs.

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        Sceptical+Sam

        The only rabid mob that acts that way PeterS is the green/left rabid mob.

        Generally, they don’t eat their own.

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      Ronin

      Yep, marvellous, eh.

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      Ted1

      Dr Oosterhuis didn’t get too much immunity.

      Should we do something about that?

      My interpretation of the Telegraph report was that the NSW Medical Council suspended his registration for disseminating factual information which medical authorities wished to keep hidden.

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    OriginalSteve

    Um…..speaking of a particular company…

    https://www.rt.com/op-ed/537011-pfizer-development-aborted-fetal-tissue/

    “Pfizer admits to using aborted fetal tissue in developing its vaccines. So can Christians sign up for a jab exemption now?

    “What makes Strickler’s revelations so startling is that Pfizer is instructing staff to obfuscate the truth over the use of aborted fetal cells in the development of its vaccines. This latest slap in the face to the faithful stings much more than closing down churches during a pandemic.

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    John+R+Smith

    Well, I certainly hope the builders of the new Pfizer building get blanket liability immunity.
    If angry Natural Immunity Supremacists take over the new building, will that be an insurrection?
    An assault on Pfizer would an assault on Democracy.

    Let’s Go Brandon.

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    clarence.t

    The big question is…. WHY do Pfizer need political lobbyists !

    Surely their products are good enough to sell without political pressure 😉

    What they are saying is that their products are so bad, that they can only sell based on the political whim. !

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      clarence.t

      “What they are saying is that their products are so bad, that they can only sell based on the political whim. !”

      Funny how the same thing applies to wind and solar.. !!

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    Ronin

    I see Lebanon has power again, for now, the military gave them their stocks.

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      David Maddison

      I am wondering how long it will be before Australia goes dark because either we can’t pay the bills or they destroy the last coal and gas power stations, or both.

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        Mark Allinson

        Interesting article at American Thinker – Green Policies Return the World to Coal

        “It’s no secret that the cleanest most reliable fuel – nuclear — was murdered by the greens. Then natural gas, the second cleanest, became their target, so now many places are desperate for coal, the dirtiest option.”

        https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/10/green_policies_return_the_world_to_coal.html

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        RickWill

        If the demand for Australia’s iron ore, coal and gas keeps going the way it is, the government will be able to supply free power to residents.

        As long as the developed world keeps chasing the unsustainable then there will be ever rising demand. The developed world keeps doubling down. Spend money and it does nothing. Spend more money and it does nothing. Spend even more money and guess what – yep, it does nothing. As long as Australia is a prime beneficiary of all that money then it is good news for Australia.

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    Jock

    All very funny. But in the meantime we have completely lost the net zero argument. The politicians have been taken in by the boondoggle business lobby looking for more subsidies. We have not tried hard enough.

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      Serp

      And there was I thinking it’s all about the depth of the lobby’s pockets.

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      RickWill

      But in the meantime we have completely lost the net zero argument.

      Only if you view it as an argument.

      For me it has been an income provider – pragmatic use of subsidies. I do not have household energy bills.

      The unsustainablity of grid scale random energy generators means that they can never reduce CO2 globally. The UK claims a 70% reduction in CO2 but they are using the goods made from fossil fuelled manufacturers elsewhere.

      Australian exports have benefitted greatly from this mindless waste of resources. Lets keep the party going for as long as the simpletons consider random energy sustainable.

      It might take some resolve this year as the northern hemisphere freezes through winter so ScoMo must do his best to keep the belief alive. I read today that China has given up on limiting coal and ordered more coal fired power stations and more mines.
      https://edition.cnn.com/2021/10/08/business/china-coal-power-shortage-climate-intl-hnk/index.html

      China has ordered its coal mines to ramp up production in a bid to ease a power crisis, as the country struggles to balance its need for electricity with efforts to tackle the climate crisis.

      Even the CCP recognises it is doomed if the population are literally freezing to death. Europeans are not so smart. And Biden is as thick as two planks.

      The gas price in the UK has achieved lift-off and now going vertical.

      This is an argument that Australians do not want to win. Australia is best placed to benefit from the insanity – Australians need to keep the circus going.

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        Amicus Curiae

        see some 60 coalmines in china just got rather waterlogged in severe floods
        all to OUR benefit at the present time, xi just told em all to mine like fury to stop power shortages
        oh dear;-)

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    Ross

    I think we hit a perfect storm with COVID 19. The lobbying of US senators etc by Big pharma has been going on for decades. The tactics used by Pharmaceutical industry to influence the marketing of their products have become much more refined over the years. Also, more concentrated with the consolidation of the pharmaceutical industry in general. Once, there were many companies originating in different countries. Now, fewer bigger companies ( via mergers etc) in many less countries. With COVID all the lobbying machinery just went into overdrive. The problem with the FDA is they have such big influence over the regulatory authorities worldwide. If a drug or vaccines is approved by the FDA in the US it would be a very brave regulatory authority in a country to then not approve the product. That would apply to our TGA. With a population of just 25m do you think our regulatory body would have the courage to question the registration package for the COVID vaccines? Of course not. Maybe point out a missing comma in the 2nd paragraph. Then you have the conflict of interest situation. When you have relatively small industries (total personnel not $) it is very difficult to have people in regulatory authorities with expertise WITHOUT having a conflict of interest. More than likely their expertise has been gained by working in commercial fields. Sure, you can employ academics but their practical experience is generally very limited. Hence, there is this interchange of personnel between eg FDA and pharmaceutical companies. Probably the same with FAA and airline companies.

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      Ted1

      Wherever there are subsidies you find professional subsidy collectors. Everywhere the two go together. But there’s more, relevant here.

      In the 1980 drought the price of lucerne hay was $3 a bale. Production was at full capacity.

      Supposedly to save starving livestock, the NSW government applied a dollar for dollar subsidy to lucerne hay.

      The price immediately went to $6 a bale. With production already flat out, this did not bring an immediate lift in supply. No more livestock were saved.

      Some smart producers borrowed money to tool up and increase production, which takes a year or more.

      At the end of the year the drought broke, the subsidy was withdrawn, and the price returned to $3 a bale.

      Producers who had borrowed against $6 a bale went broke.

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      Amicus Curiae

      csl claimed theyd developed the Hendra vax
      well geelong did do work BUT a lot was done in usa mil labs and then a yabnk company sells it TO us at hundreds per jabx 3 and horses got ill and died and they deny deny etc

      the aus vaccine injury claims that were mentioend on abc briefly one program?
      are for just 2 yrs no one has any idea they exist OR where n how to claim
      and we mugs have NEVER had any way to claim damages ie the HPV vax damaged a lot of girls and all the pharmas globally are exempt from direct claims
      people are so gullible

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    Cheshire Red

    These arrangements used to be called ‘b r i b e s’ but today are called ‘lobbying’. Sorted!

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    garry b

    So Fauci and others divert taxpayers funds, to develop a new virus, in cahoots with Chinese bioweapon scientists. Chinese distribute virus worldwide, debilitating their main rival for world leadership. Media makes an (ego) killing as it spreads fear of the new plague, politicians react by opening up the treasury to all and sundry, drug makers being saintly, rush in to save all from damnation. Lobbyists, politicians, pharmaceutical executives, Wuhan staff all bask in their hero status, bonuses, etc.
    Next question. Since this has worked out so well, what are they going to call their new virus….Covid 2022?

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      Brenda Spence

      Marburg maybe?

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        Sceptical+Sam

        Yep.

        And another example of why greens are just dangerous little monkeys.

        Chloroebus aethiops.

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        David Maddison

        Yes. The next bioweapon to be released will be marburg. I think the Chicomms will make sure they have a proper vaccine for their own people first, or at least, as many of their own people as they decide they need. The people with the lowest social credit scores will probably not be given the marburg vaccine.

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          David Maddison

          Fauci and the Chicomms will love marburg as it has a natural reservoir in bats, specifically rousette bats.

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    Vicki

    For those who are awaiting more information on the efficacy of NOVAVAX, this recent article is very useful:

    https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2107659

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      David+Maddison

      Thanks for posting.

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      Amicus Curiae

      novavax missed out in the H1N1 vax rush looks like they kept slugging away dunno but using bug guts as a brew mix puts me off a tad.
      why the hell would anyone want a synth spike Mrna jab anyway when Ivermectin keeps getting good trials results?
      funny how the NEW merk offering IS a horse product too? Venezuelan equine encephalitis was the main target
      dubious if it ever saw a horse from paucity of data shown so far

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      Lucky

      It is effective and safe, it says.
      Averse effects being studied .. etc. They not named.

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    SimonB

    The tip of a very large corruption iceberg! The Marxist social engineers who ensure they are well fed are never the ones, in pseudo democracies, who have to pay the debt. There is no denying that the US is now a democracy in name only. The taxpayers are irritatingly necessary third class citizens to the salivating elites who barely waited for the inauguration podium to be put away, before they started fighting over the spoils and pushing their social agenda executive order to the top of the pile. Then comes the new voter, sorry destitute immigrant, ferried over the border to hopefully take many of the jobs the unvaccinated vacate, so the rampant unemployment has a positive spin.
    Anyway, as long as all those Marxists can put extensions on their mansions financed by Pharma dollars, to have larger parties to celebrate their selfless public service!
    Viva la Covid!

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    William

    O/T but the Sydney Telegraph, and no doubt the rest of the News stable have gone full alarmist and pro green economy – and so called expert journalists are citing Margaret Thatcher as the politician with a science background who first realised AGW was a concern, oblivious to her later, and well publicised, recanting of AGW/MMCC.

    The number of alarmist articles today is overwhelming and depressing.

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      Hanrahan

      Maggie used global warming as a tool to break the miners’ union.

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      RickWill

      The number of alarmist articles today is overwhelming and depressing.

      Be joyful that there is no end to madness and look to the opportunities to profit from it.

      All Australians should be squarely behind this madness. It is not sustainable so make hay while the sun shines. It appears it will be a loooong time before the fruit loops in charge of the vaults stop the money supply. Make the most of it. It is fabulous for the Australian economy. It will fuel commodity demand until the fruit loops realise it does not work. At least in places that make stuff like China. Other places can pretend it works at least until the lights go out.

      Just hope Europe makes it through winter without it all going back to the dark ages – literally. Getting Europe through another winter means the circus will run at least another year before they wake up. It might be a good time to buy into a candle making business. They have been doing well in Lebanon.

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      16 pages wrapped around every one of them. Irksome and unctuous photos and prose.

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      OriginalSteve

      So the covid lie is waning, so now they ramp up the stupid climate lie again…..

      Its one moronic Elite moral panic after another….

      *sigh*

      Any the Elite prize themselves as well….elite…but they are have high ideas, but are dumb.

      Boil it all down, they are just common thieves.

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      Peter C

      Possibly,

      I don’t go there much anymore, but when I do I like to read the contributions of Eric Worrel and Willis Eschenbach

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    Philip

    Nice gig if you can get it.

    Im trying to justify my instinctual refusal to submit to the system and reading this helps me understand.

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    Philip

    Happy Freedom Day NSW, or lockdown day for regional NSW, where the non double dosed are now locked down from society – but it’s still called freedom day. Just yesterday they had no restrictions on them at all. Even me Missus who has one shot is locked down too.

    I actually don’t mind, though it is a pain I need a hair cut badly. I’m thinking of the clippers, as I look quite jewish mind 1940’s with feshly no hair, which is kind of artistic given my new outcast status in society.

    Today I dont call Freedom Day, but Invasion Day. I’d say that virus is travelling up the Pacific Hwy right now, probably about 2 hrs away. So I’m hitting the bunker as much as is possible.

    By December 1, which is only 6 weeks, those restrictions are coming off. Apparently. I find that amazing. That’s not long.

    As long as NSW doesnt Dan Andrews us and demand vaccination for employment, I should be fine.

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    Jo
    Heres an idea. How about Pfizer provides the new building free of charge? Think of it as “giving back” to such a good customer…

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    John J. A. Cullen

    Hello Jo,

    Yes, lobbying (especially secretive lobbying) is one of the major curses undermining our so-called liberal democracies. See for example:-

    1. Tamasin Cave & Andy Rowell, “A Quiet Word – lobbying, crony capitalism and broken politics in Britain”, Vintage, 2015.
    2. L. Cockcroft & A-C Wegener, “Unmasked – corruption in the West”, I.B. Taurus, 2017.

    When I wrote to my MP here in the UK about this problem in about 2015 I received the reply that the government was currently not minded to do anything about it.

    Regards,
    John.

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      clarence.t

      If the BBC say Ivermectin is unsafe and has no effect…..

      … you can pretty much guarantee its actually highly effective and very safe.

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    PeterS

    The following is a mystery and people are starting to get worried.

    Too many people are dying and it’s starting to worry the demographers

    What we notice in the most recent week, is that the mortality is most strongly elevated among the younger age groups. Last week we had 300 more deaths than we’re supposed to have. Twenty of those are COVID-19 deaths, the rest are mysterious and unexplained.

    The vaccines?

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    tom0mason

    Compare and contrast the difference between any COVID injectables (so called vaccines) and the original vaccine of Edward Jenner’s. He learned from a milkmaid that she believed herself protected from smallpox because she had caught cowpox from a cow.
    Jenner eventually showed that this was true.

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