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The Brownstone Institute shares a powerful essay, by David Stockman, titled “The Origins and Development of Upside-down America.” Two slices: The undisputed fact is that the CDC changed rules for causation on death certificates in March 2020, so now we have no idea whatsoever whether the 713,000 deaths reported to date were deaths because OF Covid or just incidentally were departures from this mortal world WITH Covid. The extensive well-documented cases of DOA from heart attacks, gunshot wounds, strangulation or motorcycle accidents, which had tested positive before the fatal event or by postmortem, are proof enough. ….. The Great Barrington Declaration was penned by three fearless world leading epidemiologists—Dr. Martin Kulldorff of Harvard, Dr. Sunetra Gupta of Oxford University

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The Brownstone Institute shares a powerful essay, by David Stockman, titled “The Origins and Development of Upside-down America.” Two slices:

The undisputed fact is that the CDC changed rules for causation on death certificates in March 2020, so now we have no idea whatsoever whether the 713,000 deaths reported to date were deaths because OF Covid or just incidentally were departures from this mortal world WITH Covid. The extensive well-documented cases of DOA from heart attacks, gunshot wounds, strangulation or motorcycle accidents, which had tested positive before the fatal event or by postmortem, are proof enough.

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The Great Barrington Declaration was penned by three fearless world leading epidemiologists—Dr. Martin Kulldorff of Harvard, Dr. Sunetra Gupta of Oxford University and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya of Sanford—and was a powerful antidote to the Evil Hand theory then raging through the MSM and political class of almost every stripe.

At essence, it said the real science was that America was not being attacked by a Grim Reaper visiting death upon one and all regardless of age, health status or physical circumstances, but, instead, was a highly selective respiratory disease variant that honed-in tightly on the immunity-impaired aged and co-morbid. Accordingly, the one-size-fits all Lockdown policy was dead wrong, and what was needed was highly targeted help, protections and treatments for the smallish minority of the vulnerable, which policy would presently lead to the attainment of “herd immunity” and the ultimate extinguishment of the pandemic in the normal way.

GMU Econ alum Lawrence McQuillan reports on “how governments botched COVID-19 testing, reinforcing destructive lockdowns and massive ‘relief’ spending.”

TANSTAFPFC (There Ain’t No Such Thing As Free Protection From Covid.) (HT Jay Bhattacharya)

Again, TANSTAFPFC (There Ain’t No Such Thing As Free Protection From Covid.)

Writing in 2016, Shane Neilson warns of misperceptions created by masking. (HT Martin Kulldorff)

David Gorski’s and Gavin Yamey’s September 13th, 2021, scurrilous ad hominem attack, at a BMJ site, against the great Great Barrington Declaration has since been amended with some corrections:

Update notice: This article was updated on 15 September 2021 to add an extra paragraph break. This article was revised further on 23 September 2021. The phrase, “this is not the first time billionaires aligned with industry have ‘funded’ proponents of herd immunity was changed to “‘provided support’” to proponents of herd immunity; to clarify that the GBD arose out of a conference hosted and heavily promoted by the AIER instead of being sponsored by the AIER; that the AIER received funding from the Charles Koch Foundation rather than being part of a network of organisations funded by Charles Koch; and that Scott Atlas’s association with AIER was as a contributor.

Phil Magness writes at Facebook about this ‘Update’:

The BMJ, a once-prestigious medical journal that published an unhinged and conspiratorial smear job against AIER over the Great Barrington Declaration last month, has issued a substantial correction to several of its loonier claims.

This follows from several weeks of back-and-forth between myself and the editors of the journal, requesting the same.

The journal’s editor in chief nonetheless recently described the piece as “high quality” and continued to defend his decision to run it, despite now making retractions and corrections to several of its main claims.

Here’s a report of a small but sad example of the cruelty caused by Covid Derangement Syndrome.

Those of you who refuse to believe that Covid Derangement Syndrome fuels dystopian tyranny should check out this tweet (and accompanying video):

Police in Australia are checking that people’s coffee cups are full to make sure they have a reason to not wear their mask outside

Still not convinced that Covid hysteria has turned Australia dystopian?

Don Boudreaux
He is a professor of economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Previously, he was president of the Foundation for Economic Education.

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