Better Call Saul has lost its way

I take no pleasure in criticising my favourite TV show. But my, has Better Call Saul lost its momentum or what?
Don’t get me wrong, the sixth series of the Breaking Bad spin-off is still very good, not a travesty that should be erased from the BB universe as if it never happened (like El Camino should be), but it definitely peaked during seasons 4 and 5 and has since declined.

Perhaps the show has drifted too far from its genre. Better Call Saul is a legal drama, yet the legal disputes and court cases in Series six have been more subplots than they have been central to the story. Perhaps Covid restrictions have left the cast and crew exhausted and uninspired. It’s no one’s fault, but can people really achieve their full creative potential with such tedious limits in place?

Not even Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse’s (Aaron Paul) cheap cameo appearance in an episode titled ‘Breaking Bad’ could help. It only made things worse.

The ageing, an inevitability, was not the problem (Don Eladio has aged terribly but remains as charming and sinister as he was in Breaking Bad). Bryan Cranston, too old to age, looked not a day over 50 in his Better Call Saul debut, while Jesse, need I state the obvious, looked and sounded much older.

But Jesse’s face had already aged significantly between series one and the ‘Ozymandias’ episode in series 5, which opened with a flashback to Walt and Jesse’s first meth cook in the Pilot. It didn’t matter because the pair had that sharp-edged repartee.

In this antepenultimate episode, however, they did not. Walt and Jesse looked like they had sulkily agreed to do a Q&A session at a dismal convention somewhere. I’ve washed cutlery on £7.20 an hour with more enthusiasm. Their cusses failed to bounce off each other as they used to, instead falling flat.

You could almost hear the shrieks of the super fans and catchphrase shouters as they emerged in an utterly pointless and unsatisfying scene which bore no relevance to the progression of the Better Call Saul storyline. Is this what the best TV drama franchise of all time has been reduced to? Would it not have been better for Walt to walk through Saul Goodman’s office door at the end of Fun and Games?

Then there is the matter of Ignacio (Nacho) Varga’s (Michael Mando) much-praised exit from the series. Sorry, but I didn’t buy it. The series opens with two thrilling episodes where Nacho flees Lalo’s (Tony Daulton) compound in Mexico and is hunted by the cartel. Nacho hides from Federales in a drain pipe, jumps from a motel window, has a shootout, speeds away from the Salamanca twins and their goons, and later successfully hides from them by submerging himself in gasoline.

After a daring and successful escape that kept us on the edge of our seats, he voluntarily hands himself to the cartel via Gus (Giancarlo Esposito), frees himself, and then shoots himself. After all that, and in Episode 3. Was Nacho sacrificing himself for his father supposed to move us? What father would want their son to die for him?
Should it not be the other way around? To me, it just seemed like an inversion of family duty and a perversion of the virtue of selflessness. In terms of creative potential, Nacho’s suicide scene was severely limited because every other character present survived into the Breaking Bad era.

Could Nacho not have died trying to escape? Perhaps he could have ordered a new vacuum cleaner and hidden inside a gasoline tanker for a second time before starting a new life in New Hampshire, Alaska or Nebraska. Or something clever and unexpected that only Vince Gilligan could think up. I had hoped that he would at least have to face off with Lalo, whom he betrayed at the end of season five. One poignant scene in ‘Fun and Games’ gave a certain amount of closure to the Varga era. Mike tells Nacho’s father Manuel (Juan Carlos Cantu) that his son is dead, that he had a good heart and was never like the bad people he got involved with, and that there would be justice for the people who caused his death.

Varga rebuts Mike by saying: “You gangsters and your “justice.” You’re all the same.”
Finally, someone tells Mike that he is not that little bit better than the other villains he works with, ripping his phoney facade of honour to shreds.

Mike did nothing to save Nacho, despite being armed with a sniper rifle, which he had successfully used to rescue Saul from six Colombian mercenaries in the previous series. He was ultimately loyal to the man who forced Nacho to betray the cartel and threatened his father, leading to his death. Manuel knew none of this but could deduce that Mike was not some avenging angel, just another self-romanticising villain, trying to ease his guilt without taking any serious steps towards redeeming himself.

Instead, we got a giant gaping gap in the series. The gap grew bigger when Howard and Lalo died (though both episodes were enjoyable). With so few main characters unseen in Breaking Bad remaining, it is harder to get invested. There is still time to redeem Better Call Saul, Season 6, and it’s refreshing that several compelling and sympathetic characters have been reprised and introduced at such a late stage in the saga. In the ‘Breaking Bad’ episode, a criminal breaks good by refusing Jimmy/Saul, now Gene Takevevic’s order to burgle the house of a man with cancer.

I hope that Nacho, Howard and Lalo still have some beyond-the-grave relevance to the finale. If not, perhaps we can rely on Omaha residents Buddy, Marion and Jeff to give Better Call Saul that final boost it sorely needs.


The BBC makes false claims about Zero Covid efficacy

The BBC has been spreading pro-Zero Covid misinformation on its website again:

I wrote a formal complaint and in a BBC first for me, then got an email saying my email verification was, er, unsuccessful.

The complaint was as follows…

I take issue with a claim made in this article by the BBC’s Yaroslav Lukov: ‘Covid in China: Million in lockdown in Wuhan after four cases’.

It reads: 

“China follows a “zero Covid” strategy, including mass testing, strict isolation rules and local lockdowns. (CLAIM) This has resulted in far fewer deaths than in many other countries.”

But has it though?

Firstly, it is gullible to believe official figures from an ultra authoritarian, communist one-party state such as China. It’s like taking official figures from Russia, Belarus, Syria or North Korea at face value.

Secondly, the claim that the use of a zero Covid strategy results in far fewer deaths is a demonstrably false.

There is no correlation between the stringency of Covid restrictions and fewer deaths, let alone causation. 

China’s neighbour Japan (a free, democratic and law-governed country, unlike China) did not go for a zero Covid strategy. They had and have restrictions and took some voluntary measures, but these were nothing like the zero Covid regimes imposed in China, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand. 

For example, Japan never had any full lockdowns. At the start of the pandemic in 2020, before there was a ‘vaccine’, they even left their borders open at the start of the pandemic. They did not mass test their population either. To quote the BBC in June 2020,

“Many paragons of Covid strategy, such as New Zealand and Vietnam, used tough measures including closing borders, tight lockdowns, large-scale testing and strict quarantines – but Japan did none of that.”

Yet in 2020 Japan suffered negative excess mortality, and today, it has a lower Covid death rate than Vietnam and Australia.

So the BBC is simply wrong to assume that a Zero Covid strategy is the reason China has had fewer deaths than many other countries. Even if we believe China’s official figures, it could be that they would have had a lower death rate anyway, without such harsh restrictions, as with Japan.

I predict had my complaint reached the BBC, their response would have been along the lines of their explanation for Japan’s low death rate in the aformentioned article.

The BBC, desperately clinging on to lockdowns, said it was because, “in Japan… the government can count on the public to comply,” (as if we were not pathetically compliant in Britain, Europe and the Anglosphere).

“Despite not ordering people to stay at home, on the whole, they did,” the articles says.

“It was lucky but also surprising,” Prof Shibuya says. “Japan’s mild lockdowns seems to have had a real lockdown effect. Japanese people complied despite the lack of draconian measures.”

Did they? Did every single person literally stay at home, only leaving once a day to get supplies, once again for an hour of exercise? Did no one dare sit on a park bench?

A panicky article titled ‘Japan’s coronavirus response is too little, too late,’ written in April 2020 by a Japan based Washington Post journalist, describes a very different scene in Japan’s capital and largest city, Tokyo. His description of day to day life out there makes the Japanese public look blase in comparison to the timid British in the weeks before the first official lockdown was announced. The Emphases are mine.

Tokyo’s coronavirus “state of emergency” is as surreal as they come. Though the streets are noticeably quieter than normal, subways and buses are still jammed with commuters. Stock trading goes on as normal. Many bars, restaurants and cafes are abuzz. So are barbershops, beauty salons and home improvement centers. In Shibuya and other meccas of youth culture, teenagers who should be hunkering down at home are out and about….

…the vast majority of Japanese are still going to the office and taking crowded rush-hour trains. Japan Inc.’s traditions and rigidities are proving quite incompatible with teleworking booms abroad. Old habits die hard in paper-based Japan. Documents of all kinds require a physical stamp from an employee’s hanko, or personal seal.

The article accuse the late then Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of ‘pandemic kabuki’ an demands that he impose a strict shelter in place policy, even describing him as ‘Trumpian’.

Clearly, Japan was not a strict nation whose people could be trusted to terrorise themselves. That unfair stereotype was invented to fit Japan’s inconveniently good outcome. It’s what the kids call a narrative collapse.

The BBC needs to retract that part of the article and stop giving legitimacy to lockdowns. It’s dangerous and irresponsible. The BBC needs to stop spreading scientific misinformation online.

Rishi Sunak’s absurd boast

In his government resignation letter and his campaign, Rishi Sunak claimed that he “protected people’s jobs and businesses” during the pandemic, then talked about the “economic consequences of the pandemic.”

Tripe. He was part of the government that jeopardised people’s jobs and business in the first place. The economic crisis we now face is the consequence of the shutting down of the economy and printing of funny money to pay people to be couch potatoes, all of which he presided over.

He’s like a man who deliberately pushes ten people into the sea, throws them seven life jackets, and then takes credit for saving the lives of the people who didn’t drown.

Is it too late to keep Boris? He remains the least bad of a very bad lot and the only one with the charisma and wit to beat the Lockdown-loving Keir Starmer. None of the Tory hopefuls show the slightest sign of remorse or regret over what they did to us in 2020 and 2021.

The tory establishment seems to be trying even harder to lose to Labour at the next general election than they did in 1997. My Dad wrote repeatedly to his Conservative MP to give his support for Johnson remaining in office, on the grounds that he was the least restrictive leader in any Western country, and his replacement may be more inclined to impose measures in future (the Health Secretary has already hinted that restrictions could be reintroduced).

Every response my Dad received read as if he had been calling for Boris to resign. Were Tory MPs being bombarded by emails from Labour activists? Were they not bothering to check how many constituents were writing in support of the Prime Minister?

I was in Whitehall the day before Johnson announced he was stepping down. By the standards of left-wing/anti-Tory protests, there were very few people there. The small gaggle of students shouting rude things about h im at the Downing Street gates hadn’t even completed the writing on their signboard. The people were not up in arms about Johnson’s conduct. We are just getting on with our lives.

For what my personal experience is worth, beyond SW1A, I’ve seen little enthusiasm for getting rid of Boris. I don’t think most people generally care about having a PM with big ideas about levelling up or cutting taxes. A very smart friend of mine, broadly speaking Labour inclined, told me she found the tory betrayal of Johnson disgusting, even though she never liked the PM herself. Another friend, a teacher o all professions, said she missed Boris already. These are people in their early 20s, who like many millennials and Gen Zers, do not hold the opinions that are expected of young people by boomers who think they are down with the kids.

DeSantis or Trump?

I greatly prefer Floridian Governor Ron DeSantis to Donald Trump, but I think he needs to safeguard Florida from Covid tyranny, as he is the only leader of a major US state who can be trusted to defend freedom. Trump, by contrast, is a blunt instrument, every bit as crude, ruthless, self-serving and egotistical as the Democrats (he was a Democrat and close friend of the Clintons for a bit). He knows Wall Street, Hollywood and the swamp, is unembarrassable, and doesn’t let things like decency or honour get in the way of his goals, whatever they are. A Trump victory over Biden and Harris would demoralise the Democrats beyond repair. Since DeSantis is still relatively young, he should run for office when he’s older. 20 years from now, DeSantis will still be younger than Trump was when he won the presidency in 2016.

Boris: the least bad of a very bad lot.

I was getting my hair cut some years ago when the barber told me about his beloved homeland Iraq, specifically the bloodshed and chaos that blighted it following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

“You don’t appreciate what you have until it’s gone,” he smiled.

Indeed, I thought as he held up the back mirror.

The same applies to the current frenzy over “Partygate”. Heaven knows I have detested Boris Johnson for all the right reasons. In my first contribution to TCW, I called the Prime Minister a clueless weakling, destroying our country on behalf of Maoist crackpots.

I opposed the lockdown from the very beginning. I did not wear a mask and I refused the vaccine. I saw my loved ones when I liked, where I liked.

Anyone who claimed that Boris Johnson was a secret libertarian imposing the restrictions “reluctantly” was automatically blacklisted in my controlled opposition register.

But I’m saying this now, for what it’s worth: Boris Johnson should stay in office. 

Anyone who cherishes freedom should be terrified by the prospect of him leaving. There is much to forgive him for, and he has yet to repent. But this is a beggars choosers situation and we must be pragmatic.

Who would replace Johnson? Swayne? Walker? David Icke? 

Well, one can dream, but realistically Johnson’s replacement would be a yes man like Dominic Raab, or worse still, a seething tyrant like Michael Gove, or perhaps some careerist who doesn’t know anything about anything, like Liz “our Baltic allies in the Black Sea” Truss. 

Rest assured, whoever comes next would be quicker to reimpose restrictions when the next “public health crisis” arrives, and the threshold for declaring a crisis is low.

They won’t care about ethical considerations or the lack of scientific evidence. They will refuse to think and outsource their brains to the quacks at SAGE. 

The few journalists who scrutinise them will only get unresponsive, evasive answers. If Julia Hartley-Brewer were to ask them, “what’s 2+2?” they would reply “we are looking at the data.”

What we are witnessing now is a classic regime change attempt, where the powers that be remove a dictator for all the wrong reasons, long after he has done his worst, and only after he finally softens up. 

As with Libya and Iraq, the condemned tyrant is subjected to selective moral outrage, whilst equally guilty tyrants elsewhere are happily tolerated, providing they fall in line with the wishes of the international order.

Ultimately, Johnson rejected tyranny in 2021. We owe this principally to the resistance from courageous British citizens, rebel MPs and civil rights organisations like Big Brother Watch and Together, and they are the ones who deserve our thanks, not Johnson.

But we should keep in mind that Johnson was also under huge pressure to impose longer, harsher restrictions on our lives. When normal life was restored in England, every other country in the Western world (including Sweden) doubled down on public health tyranny.

The dopey First Minister for Wales Mark Drakeford famously called England an “outlier” among nations, as if that was a bad thing. Had England not been an outlier, it’s possible that the British Isles would be muzzled and segregated. Now, every corner of these islands is free, including the Republic of Ireland. 

And this is precisely why so many in our political and media establishment want him out. 

It’s obvious from the fact that Partygate was kept secret from us for more than a year, then leaked only after Johnson handed back our freedoms.

It’s obvious from the fact that Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon is always so easily forgiven for her repeated rule-breaking. She introduced vaccine only passports. She prolonged mask misery. She crippled businesses with capacity limits. So removing her for not wearing a mask in crowded indoor settings would not benefit the enemies of freedom.

Nothing good will come from removing Johnson, but plenty of bad things could. I would suggest writing to libertarian MPs like Steve Baker and David Davis and telling them that their calls for his removal are a dangerous folly.

Don’t take it from me, take it from Tory MP Andrew Bridgen, who said this in February: 

“Boris Johnson has lost the moral authority to lead the country. If there’s another emergency where he has to call on the public to make sacrifices, he doesn’t have that authority.”

Indeed, that is the biggest danger to Britain, someone who has that authority. No one should have that authority.

As for those complaining, “It’s not fair, I followed all the rules!” well, more fool you and frankly, shame on you.

Japan did not resort to unethical mandates, and their Covid death rate is lower than Australia’s

Mark McGowan, the state Premier of Western Australia, claims his vaccine mandates “saved lives.” 

“I know it seems to have caused some angst”, he patronises, “but I think in the overall scheme of things when you look at Australia versus other countries around the world, United States is basically at one million deaths and Britain’s at 150,000 to 200,000 or so,”

For argument’s sake let us put aside the collateral vaccine deaths, and the “did they die with or from Covid19” question.

McGowan compared Australia’s death rate with the two important Anglosphere countries. But, as aforementioned, there are many other countries he could have compared Australia with, countries that adopted Australia style lockdowns and vaccine mandates and have higher Covid19 death rates than the UK and even the USA. 

Within the USA itself, the highest death rates can be found in states that have vaccine passports everywhere, such as New York, where unvaccinated children are arrested for dining at restaurants and visiting museums.

McGowan omitted these inconvenient details. He also forgot to mention, (perhaps he doesn’t know) that there are also countries that adopted lighter, more humane responses to the pandemic than his, and have lower death rates than the countries which governed their citizens the hardest.

Were I a senior Australian politician or Public Health quack, I would hope that no one discovers a certain major country that achieved an even lower death rate than Australia’s (and Vietnam’s), without limitless state cruelty and with far fewer sacrifices made by its citizens: Japan.

The Zero Covid lobby says that lockdowns only “work” when done “properly”, citing New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, and, of course, Australia. 

They might also cite Taiwan’s strict border closures and South Korea’s obsessive testing regime. They used to praise the Czech Republic as a zero Covid success story, but then it went a bit wrong for them.

But they never mention Japan, neither as a pandemic success nor as a pandemic failure, which suggests that they know “Covid success” is possible without Maoist repression, but don’t want the world to know. 

It’s the non-pharmaceutical intervention equivalent of withholding effective treatments in order to push new vaccines.

Japan was accused of reckless inaction for not locking down in March 2020, with experts warning they would suffer dire consequences. 

A panicky ‘Washington Post’ dispatch from Tokyo, dated 10th April 2020 described Japan’s coronavirus response as  “too little, too late”.

The author’s description of the pandemic era Japan rubbishes the commonly held belief that the Japanese public are distinctly better at “keeping their social distance” than us raucous Covidiot Brits. 

His words:

“Tokyo’s coronavirus “state of emergency” is as surreal as they come. Though the streets are noticeably quieter than normal, subways and buses are still jammed with commuters. Stock trading goes on as normal. 

Many bars, restaurants and cafes are abuzz. So are barbershops, beauty salons and home improvement centers. 

“In Shibuya and other meccas of youth culture, teenagers who should be hunkering down at home are out and about.”

I don’t remember anywhere in London being “abuzz” during those ethereal weeks prior to the first lockdown. I mainly recall watching six nations matches at spookily empty pubs in a normally lively part of town. People were, to paraphrase SAGE, “sufficiently personally threatened” already and were retreating to their homes before the government compelled them to.

The article continues with a chilling prediction from an expert, possibly Japan’s equivalent of Neil Ferguson:

Kentaro Iwata, an infection control specialist at Kobe University, told CNN that Tokyo could be “the next New York City.” (New York was struck relatively badly by Covid19 in Spring 2020)

“Yet the vast majority of Japanese are still going to the office and taking crowded rush-hour trains” the expert complains, before demanding: 

“Abe (Japan’s then Prime Minister) should dispense with the pandemic kabuki and call for a strict shelter-in-place policy.” 

Shinzo Abe, perhaps restricted by Japan’s constitution, refrained from locking his country down even after a report by his own health ministry warned that Japan could face 850,000 severe cases and 420,000 Covid19 deaths.

Instead, he ordered a ***non-enforceable*** – state of emergency on 7th April, ***asking***, not compelling, people to stay at home “if possible”.

It’s now February 2022, and Japan’s death toll stands at 20,202, out of 126 million people. So their experts were out by roughly 400,000. Quackery.

Tokyo, with a greater area more populated than the whole of Australia, did not become the next New York City. Japan, the oldest country in the world, with 126 million people packed into densely populated in heavily polluted, urbanised megacities, ended up being one of the very few countries in the world that had no excess mortality in 2020, needless to say with no vaccine available.

Today, Japan’s overall Covid mortality rate stands at 161 deaths per million people, lower than Australia’s 178. 

How did they manage that?

Mass testing? Nope. By July 2020, Japan had tested a mere 0.27% of their population. 

Border closures? Not quite. Japan kept their borders open throughout February and March when the virus was spreading across the world. 

Even the BBC noticed this: 

“Many paragons of Covid strategy, such as New Zealand and Vietnam, used tough measures including closing borders, tight lockdowns, large-scale testing and strict quarantines – but Japan did none of that.”

Claims that Japan’s low death rate is due to the common practice of mask-wearing are nonsense. If masks worked so well in Japan, why did they fail so badly in so much of Europe and the USA, where mask-wearing was stringently enforced under the threat of police brutality, harassment, shaming, and ruinous fines?

As the occasionally inadvertently useful ‘Fullfact‘ acknowledges, Japan’s Health Ministry also explicitly forbids vaccine mandates and vaccine-based discrimination.

“Please get vaccinated of your own decision, understanding both the effectiveness in preventing infectious diseases and the risk of side effects. No vaccination will be given without consent. Please do not force anyone in your workplace or those who around you to be vaccinated, and do not discriminate against those who have not been vaccinated.”

Alas, Australia’s premiers think they are so righteous they can discards these ethical fundamentals.

“All we’re trying to do is save people’s lives. That’s all we’re trying to do – save older people, immunocompromised people, the broader community,” maintains Mark McGowan.

How unanswerably compassionate. Who doesn’t want to save lives? I suspect Mr McGowan is morally illiterate, if not a manipulative sadist. He did once risk his life to save an unconscious man from a burning car, which suggests he could be one of those bad guys who sincerely believes he is doing good.

But his ethics are all over the place. If I felt vulnerable to Covid, I would not want innocent people to be locked out of society to keep me safe. I would not want a single person to suffer an injury or death from a vaccine they took unwillingly or naively, to keep me safe. 

We would undoubtedly “save lives” if we forcibly extracted people’s organs and blood and transplanted them into other people who were in more immediate peril, but this would still be wrong, wouldn’t it? A computer would disagree, and this is the problem. We are governed by machine men with machine minds and machine hearts. They see our lives as numbers on excel spreadsheets. 

The government could “save” our lives from many dangers if they locked us down perpetually.

It is possible that the lockdowns saved my life from an out of control vehicle, or perhaps a random knife attack, that might have happened at a certain time and place, had I been freely living my normal life during those lost months of Spring 2020.

Who knows, but I would not expect the government to kill or subjugate innocent people to protect me from a possible but hypothetical scenario. Where I venture, and what risks that involves, is on me. In a sense, our lives are not theirs to “save”.

But I know that had lockdown happened a year earlier, it is certain that I would not have been able to enjoy my graduation ceremony on a particularly beautiful summer’s day on London’s South Bank, that I would not have had so much fun at a festival in Portugal, travelled across Spain (without mask mandates and gathering limits that suck the joy and adventure out of everything). Had there been a lockdown in 2019, I might never have met my now girlfriend at a bar in Putney. There are millions of young people who had those precious milestones and chance encounters robbed from them, through no fault of their own. They should be a great deal more angry than they are.

I also know that because lockdown happened when it did, my great aunt and thousands of others were left to deteriorate and die in a state of neglect and loneliness. 

The young lost the best years of their lives. Many of The old lost the last years of their lives.

Papua New Guinea’s pandemic leadership is an inspiration to us all.

When I find myself arguing with pro mandate Australians in social media comment sections (tragic, I know) I get the impression that they desperately want the last couple of years they’ve squandered to have been worthwhile.

Australia’s official Covid19 death rate happens to be low by international standards, which makes it easier for the Dan Andrews fanboys to delude themselves that the sick cruelty they inflicted on their fellow citizens was justified.

For a recap, this cruelty includes but is not limited to: 

  • Prolonged mass house arrest
  • Vaccine Passports
  • Vaccine injuries and deaths in individuals (often young and not at serious risk from Covid) who were coerced into getting it.
  • The four newborn babies in South Australia who died after domestic Covid19 travel restrictions prevented them from being transferred for specialist life-saving emergency treatment in Victoria. 
  • In Western Australia, the prevention of unvaccinated parents from visiting their sick children in hospital.

If I was Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, (that snivelling, gaslighting, modern-day Pontius Pilate), I would not want to admit that pointlessly I stole two years of quality life from my citizens and presided over state policies that killed people,

“Australians have made many sacrifices during this pandemic,… together we have achieved one of the lowest death rates in the world,” he says.

Achieved? Everywhere in the Oceania region has a low death rate by global standards. When will Papua New Guinea’s PM be praised for his inspirational leadership? Don’t hold your breath, but PNG is Australia’s immediate neighbour, (and the only other country on Earth with kangaroos), yet has a lower Covid19 death rate than does oz.

Could that be because of the success of PNG’s vaccination rollout? Did they her the sheep through the gate, so to speak?

Vaccination rate for Australia (at least one dose): 85%

Vaccination rate for PNG (at least one dose): 3.4%

Since we are only allowed to compare Sweden with its neighbours, it’s only fair that the same rules must apply to everyone. I assume vaccine passports aren’t really a thing in PNG. But they seem to be coping without them.

Covid19 deaths per million for Australia: 193/1M

Covid19 deaths per million for PNG: 69/1M

Most countries in Europe have relatively high death rates, though the few nations that had extremely low death rates (Norway and Finland) did not have the strictest measures. Lockdown rejecting Sweden’s death rate is firmly in Europe’s lower half. 

At present, the UK is the least restricted country in Europe, possibly in the developed world and has been since July 2021, yet our (questionably recorded) Covid19 death rate is only the 22nd highest in Europe, currently slightly lower than that of Italy, which has vaccine passports and vaccine mandates, and surgical masks remain compulsory.

What would Australia’s death rate be were it somehow squeezed into the North Atlantic or continental Europe? We cannot know.

Why I will never have the Covid vaccine

I was initially undecided about getting the vaccine, though my gut instincts and knowledge told me I didn’t need it, given my age and health.

But when the “Don’t miss out on the good times” campaigns, aimed at my age group, was released on the airwaves last summer, threatening young people with miserable, lonely lives unless they got jabbed, I decided that I would never have this vaccine as a matter of principle. I still would not get the vaccine even if I was convinced that the benefits outweighed the risks for me.

People with good motives would not threaten other people into undergoing an unwanted medical intervention. People who are worth “keeping safe” would not want others to be coerced into a medical intervention for them, and if I was worth anything as a human being, I would not want to enter a nightclub vaccinated with my unvaccinated friends left outside, standing alone in the cold.

Most of my vaccinated friends only had the vaccine because they were coerced into getting it. They did not “choose” or consent to the vaccine.

I personally know four people who have suffered adverse reactions to the Covid vaccine, two seriously, one of whom only had it because she was afraid she wouldn’t be able to visit her family overseas.

Everyone I know who has had Covid badly is vaccinated. These are not “myths”, and any doctor who call them such is a disgrace.

It distresses me that so many in medicine, politics, and the media continue to play down the side effects of the Covid vaccines. It must be particularly hurtful for those who have been injured by the vaccine, or who in relatively rare but needless cases, lost loved ones and friends to adverse vaccine reactions.

These injuries and deaths are not myths. We don’t have time for hindsight.

Dyslexia is bollocsk!

I tested positive for ‘dyslexia’ when in Year 10 when I was 15.

Looking back, I think any anxious, bored, tired adolescent such as I was back then would have been diagnosed as dyslexic had they been subjected to a series of word puzzles at 9 a.m on a Monday morning in early January.

I remember one of my peers telling me I’d become even lazier since my diagnosis. My life improved dramatically when I made less excuses.

There’s something happening here, what it is is increasingly clear…

“Ultimately, the mRNA vaccines are an example for that sort of gene therapy. I always like to say, if we had surveyed, two years ago, the public, “would you be willing to take gene or cell therapy and inject it into your body?” we probably would have had a 95% refusal rate. I think this pandemic has opened many people’s eyes to innovation in a way that was maybe not possible before.”

The man who said this is called Stefan Oelrich. He said it publicly, in a speech to the World Health Summit. He is a member of the Board of Management and President of Pharmaceuticals at Bayer, one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world. That’s right fact-checkers, Big Pharma just admitted that the Covid19 mRNA vaccines are gene therapy and that most people would not have agreed to be injected with them in normal circumstances.

We are just beginning to see how wise 95% of the public would have been. Indeed, too many teenagers are dying spontaneously, as Dr Will Jones has noted. There were 351 deaths in teenagers aged between 15 and 19 between week 23 and week 43 2021, that’s 108 more than in the same period last year. Even Fullfact’s attempt to dismiss Dr Jones’ findings was half-hearted. Why wasn’t there a similar rise in age groups that are yet to be offered Covid vaccines? No explanation was given.

An Icelandic midfielder collapses on the pitch, a Barcelona striker is forced to consider retirement due to a sudden heart condition, a Slovak ice hockey player dies suddenly midgame, and a member of UB40 dies after another “short illness”, all within weeks. Yes yes, some of these may be coincidences, perhaps all of them. But why would anyone be so quick to rule out the possibility that Covid19 vaccines played a role in any of these incidents unless they had an agenda or an incentive not to establish a causal link? How many doctors would have the courage to admit that they helped to damage people unnecessarily, even if they had done so in good faith?

Most helpfully, Wikipedia has a page listing the deaths of all association footballers who died while playing, from 1889 to the present. Globally, there were four deaths on the pitch in 2018, two of which were caused by cardiac arrest. There were three deaths on the pitch in 2019 and three again in 2020, all caused by cardiac arrest. In 2021 there were fourteen, yes, fourteen, 14! of these, one footballer was killed in a collision, while in another case, that of FC An der Fahner Höhe goalkeeper 15-year-old Bruno Stein, the cause of death isn’t specified. The rest died from cardiac arrest. No other year on the list has had as many deaths on the pitch as 2021. As many footballers died on the pitch in September and October 2021 as died in the whole of 2019 and 2020.

one of the deaths this year was 29-year-old Parma player Guiseppe Perrino, who died, cruelly, in a memorial match for his late brother, who also died of cardiac arrest while cycling in 2018. Needless to say that Guiseppe’s brother’s death could not have been linked to the vaccine, but it strongly suggests that some families are more prone to unexpected heart problems than others, which brings us to the tragic case of Italian siblings Vittoria and Allesandro Campo, both footballers who died from Cardiac arrest within two months of each other, in a country where life for the unvaccinated is made as miserable as possible.

According to Italian media sources, Allesandro’s death came two days after he received his first dose of the Pfizer BioTech vaccine, and the coroners did not exclude the possibility that his untimely death was caused by the jab. It’s difficult to know what caused Vittoria’s death since some reports say her mother insisted that Vittoria was not vaccinated and that toxicology reports found drugs in her system, while others claim her father confirmed that both of his departed children had been vaccinated. But both of these sibling tragedies beg the question as to whether the vaccine triggers heart problems in families that are knowingly or unknowingly predisposed to heart conditions. This is the problem with so-called, difficult to obtain “genuine” medical exemptions for Covid vaccines, you don’t always know if you’re “genuinely” exempt until after it’s too late.

Would it really be that surprising it turned out that a vaccine linked to heart problems was causing heart problems? Just days before Boris Johnson threatened 16 to 17-year-olds with the prospect of another ruined Christmas if they didn’t get their second vaccine dose, Taiwan suspended giving 12 to 17-year-olds that very second dose, over fears of a link between the Pfizer vaccine and heart inflammation.

In Australia, the ‘Herald Sun’ reports that dozens of teenagers have developed myocarditis after their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. 10,000 Australians have already filed for government compensation after being hospitalised by significant side effects from the Covid jabs. As per usual, these afflictions are dismissed as being extremely rare, and are minimised as being mostly trivial. But one account from Australian vaccine injury victim Dan Petrovic gives us a clue as to how difficult it is for vaccine injuries to be acknowledged by medical professionals. Depite his vaccine induced heart inflammation, which left him unable to work, walk, walk up and down the stairs, or play with his daughter, Mr Petrovic says he does not regret having the vaccine.

Each to their own I guess, but this makes him a reliable source who cannot be dismissed as an “anti Vaxxer” or crank of any kind. According to Australia’s, “neither his cardiologist nor his GP would submit an adverse event report to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)”. one doctor said “I’m too busy” while cardiologist passed the book saying “I cannot make a medical diagnosis, I’m not a practitioner.”

“It’s a slippery slope. If this is just laziness of doctors or bad administration, that’s OK, we can fix that. But if it’s, let’s just keep it quiet, hush hush, vaccinate as many people as possible and release the reports later … that’s conspiracy talk. But we can’t have people sweep things under the rug just so we get the vaccinations now.”

If health professionals are going above and beyond to not link the vaccine with adverse events, then how can we be expected to believe that serious adverse reactions are as “extremely rare” as is claimed?

Thankfully , there are some good blokes left in Australia’s political swamp. one of them is Gerrard Rennick, Liberal National Party Senator for Queensland, where unvaccinated citizens are now banned from doing just about anything that makes life worth living. If you try to message through a question to the Queensland Health authority’s Facebook page, their automated chatbot will suggest “try saying something like…. ‘Can I visit my family?’

Rennick is no lightweight. He has spent the latter half of this year advocating for the ever-growing number of young Australians who have suffered severe, life-changing adverse reactions to medical procedures they took under the threat of living a “lonely and miserable” life, as the Queensland health chief Chris Perry put it.

Here are just some of them, but there are many more on Senator Rennick’s Facebook account . Look them in the eyes and tell them that their avoidable life-changing injuries are insignificant.

Here is one story he shared, from Candice:

“Prior to the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, I was a very healthy/fit 38-year-old female that ran and exercised 2-3 times per week and lived a healthy lifestyle. On the 28/8/2021, I had my 2nd Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. The day after the vaccine, I developed a headache, neck pain, swollen lymph nodes under my arms and flu-like symptoms. On the 3rd day after the vaccine, I woke through the night with heart palpitations and sweating. Throughout that day I went for a walk and experienced a very sharp pain across the upper and the left-hand side of my chest. This lasted for approximately 20 minutes. That night I woke two times again with heart palpitations and sweating. I presented at the hospital the next day and they took blood tests. My bloods showed the Troponin enzyme that should be at ‘0’ as ‘2500’. This indicated damage to my heart.
After multiple tests, it was determined through an MRI that I had developed Myopericarditis due to the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. I was discharged from hospital 4 days later with medication to reduce the inflammation around my heart and was told I would not be able to run or exercise for around 3-6 months and will be under the care of a cardiologist for this period.”

And another, from Andrew, who was hospitalised by the AstraZeneca vaccine:

“If winning lotto was as easy as getting as o-called “rare” adverse reaction from these vaccines that are supposedly voluntary but if I don’t get it I can’t do my job, therefore, I can’t put food on the table or pay the rent/mortgage I’d be a millionaire.”

And another, from Matt:

“It has now been 10 weeks in hospital and I am still not able to walk. I was admitted 4 days after receiving my AZ vaccine previously being a 30 year old with no medical history to speak of, which left me with loss of function and sensation on my right side.”

This from Adam:

“5 days in hospital after 2nd Pfizer shot, server chest pain, shortness of breath and pain running down arm. ecg was out and bloods were elevated.. was diagnosed with pericarditis. With my stay in cardiac ward I was wired up to the heart monitor the whole time, countless blood tests, ecgs, X-rays, CT scan ultrasound, plus taking 20 tablets a day…
Now that I’m out if hospital was told to take certain meds for 3 months and take it easy..
Doctors and cardiologist wouldn’t go into detail on results.…..

From Jacine:

2 days ago

“I am emotionally drained. My youngest child had his second Vax on Friday.
Today he started having sharp chest pain and couldn’t breathe properly.
We’ve been up at the hospital all day.
He’s been admitted to the ward for further investigation as no signs of pericarditis even though symptoms are classic of it. Waiting to hear if blood clots are the issue tomorrow after contrast scan with dye.
He still has chest pain which they are giving him endone for.
I never wanted him to have this Vax. I’m just praying he will be okay.”

1 day ago
“Update: still waiting review.
Chest pain reducing in episodic occurrences. Good.
BP 150/80…..not great.
Having trouble urinating now and has to force it out
Let’s see what happens tomorrow. After 11 hours of being here I’m going to have to wait till tomorrow as normally doctor has been by now.
Have no clue on results of echocardiogram as nobody will tell me anything and only doctor can.”

“My worst nightmare….there is something wrong with his heart.
It is not pumping properly. Cardiologist is reviewing him tomorrow.
He is now having a full Neurological review as well with scans….
And they still have to work out what is happening with his inability to urinate properly.”

This, from Kym, a 38-year-old mother with no prior health problems, is perhaps the most important, because it demonstrates the unwillingness of the medical profession to admit that they have needlessly harmed countless people who would likely not have had any major complications from Covid19. Please share these accounts with your MP.

Monday 25/10 discharge dr verbally confirmed that these symptoms are related to the Pfizer vaccine. When I asked for the diagnosis written down on my discharge papers, the ‘tone’ in the room changed! When asking the doctor for this verbal diagnosis to be put into writing, the answer was: ‘no, there is no need, this is normal and are just symptoms of the vaccine’.I informed the dr that my ‘symptoms’ were also called ‘an adverse event’ and must be reported to the TGA or QLD Health. Again the response was, ‘these are just symptoms of your vaccine not an adverse event, they are two different things’. I continued to push the issue with reporting this ‘event’. I then asked what my prognosis was and when these tachycardia events would subside. The doctor responded, ‘we don’t know, we don’t have data’, to which I responded that this is why I was pushing the point to have this event documented and reported. Immediately after this question, the doctor stated to me that I was ‘just admitted for reassurance!’ This doctor did not admit me, an Emergency Dr did, this doctor had only met me for 5 minutes, stood at the end of my bed, no physical exam conducted.I was discharged with my papers stating ‘confident to be vaccination Pfizer – related symptoms/ reported to QLD Health re: adverse following injection.’