….how you broke my heart.
If I stay here just a little bit longer
If I stay here, won’t you listen to my heart?
Oh, my heart
Here’s an unscientific test; do you personally know anyone who has died in the last two years? Lets limit the scope to someone who you’ve spoken to at least once in the last five years.
Same question, but someone who’s had an unexpected medical condition or diagnosis?
How about suicides or suicide attempts?
Does it feel like the number of people falling in these anecdotal categories has increased recently? Does it make you ask any questions?
Maybe it’s not just anecdotal:
Suicide rate per capita 9% higher in “world’s most locked down city”.
Have you seen unusual stories like this recently?
If you only consume news from the traditional sources, you might not have seen this highlighted or given much attention:
Rich countries are having more excess deaths than poorer countries. Who had that on their 2023 bingo card?
The lack of journalistic curiosity to not write more articles on this is bordering on being a superpower.
What was the significant factor impacting the rich countries that poorer countries didn’t have? Was it four letters starting with a lower case m?
I don’t know, but perhaps someone might have a look into it? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
How is 13% excess mortality not yesterday’s, today’s, tomorrow’s headline? In what universe is that not the lead story until we learn the reasons?
How are the faces and names of the public health officials of Victoria and their political masters not being plastered over the media until the excess suicide rates have been explained and addressed?
How many times do editors need to write “died suddenly” before they suspect there might be common causes?
Something is happening here. Let’s be charitable, let’s call it embarrassment. The people with the final decision rights on what story runs each day are embarrassed at how utterly wrong they’ve been on the seriousness of Covid, the morality and effectiveness of lockdown policies and the broken promises of “safe and effective” vaccines.
They bought and regurgitated the government talking points without question. They sent journalists to press conferences with questions such as, “Premier, should you have locked us down earlier and harder?”, or “Minister, shouldn’t you be considering jail for the unvaccinated?”.
It’s a little embarrassing to now admit how completely disastrous and devastating that position has been to the public health, both physically and mentally.
So instead, they are spiking any pieces daring to suggest the Emperor is wearing no clothes.
How do I know this?
The article above about the poor kid in Queensland was written by Alex Blair. I was going to berate him for his lack of curiosity (sub news category “health problems” really?), but then I looked at his Twitter feed. Oh, he’s curious enough all right, he’s just not getting that curiosity published by his editor.
It’s the same story for Frank Chung. Very carefully edited news articles, but his Twitter feed is more free with the questions.
It’d be fascinating to read Alex and Frank’s spiked articles. Perhaps there’s a book’s worth.
As that famous pederast, John Maynard Keynes, once said, “When the facts change, I change my opinion. What do you do, sir?”.
Well, in the case of editors of our main news outlets, we have the answer; plug our fingers in our ears and sing La La La La.