One of the themes that has emerged from this “winter of our discontent” has been the fact that social media and big tech companies are heavily involved with governments and corporate interests in censoring content on the internet. It has been impossible for an intelligent person to be unaware of the suppression of dissenting opinions and the reporting of inconvenient facts which focuses on several themes: the covid – 19 pandemic, climate change, racial tensions and anything supportive of President Trump in the US election.
One of the latest and most blatant examples of this is the removal by YouTube of a video by Dr Mike Yeadon, a prominent researcher in immunology, who has been researching the efectiveness of measures imposed by governments to curb the spread of the SARS – COV2 coronavirus which causes COVID – 19. Dr Yeadon concluded some months ago that lockdowns are useless against the spread of the virus and has not been shy about saying so.
In his latest video, now removed by YouTube for “violating terms of service” Dr Yeadon argued that the UK governments second national lockdown which began on November 2 and is due to run until December 3, and the regional lockdowns which preceded that have been ordered on the basis of “lethally incompetent” scientific advice. Although it is hard to see exactly which part of YouTube’s terms of service the video violates (there is noting in the text which forbids challenging official narratives,) the video platform has mysteriously removed the video in which the immunologist explains the findings that inform his conclusion.
It is not the first time YouTube, its sister company Google and other social media platforms have censored content questioning government responses to COVID, vaccine propaganda, partisan bias in political reporting and exposing far left violence in protests about race relations, climate change and political protests.
London’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), which advises the government on scientific matters has got many things about the Covid-19 pandemic wrong, Yeadon states bluntly. He is an expert in allergy, immunology, and respiratory diseases, with over three decades of experience, including working as Pfizer’s vice president and chief scientific officer and therefore he should know. Apparently his credentials rapidly became invalid , when the software ‘censor’ YouTube uses to intercept and ‘disappear’ content noticed criticizing the official line on the necessity of lockdowns.
In fact SAGE based the case for the second lockdown on the same mathematical modelling software as led to the prediction back in March this year of 500,000 dead if the nation was not locked down. When subjected to expert scrutiny the software was discovered to be the work of an incompetent amateur and based on the assumption that the entire population was susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 when it first emerged in China last year.
Now it compounds that error by adding the assumption that only a fraction of the public has been infected so far, based on the detectable presence of antibodies in their blood. These premises, which research based on real life studies rather than mathematical models, have shown to be risibly wrong are behind the harsh restrictions currently in place in the UK, which are designed to prevent another massive and deadly outbreak of Covid-19 like the one that didn’t happen earlier this year.
In fact the majority of the people are not susceptible to the virus due, it is believed, to cross-immunity from other kinds of coronaviruses. These range from the relatively exotic but closely related SARS-CoV-1, which caused the 2002–2004 SARS outbreak, to human coronaviruses causing the common cold.
The large number of positive Covid-19 tests is not indicative of the number of active cases. Dr Yeadon agrees with many other experts that the PCR test being used to diagnose COvID ‘cases’ only detects RNA remnants of various strains of coronavirus, but it cannot tell if they came from live viruses or those long conquered by the immune system. There are also false positives because of the close similarities in RNA found in various coronavirus strains. Mass testing causes an increase in those, he says, pointing out that if a false positive is recorded as a ‘case’ then obviously the more tests are carried out the more false positives, and by extension the more cases there will be.
Western tech giants have been relentlessly pressured by politicians, academics, billionaire philantropists and both print and broadcast news media to act against “misinformation” on their platforms. But there is no agreed definition of what constitutes misinformation, and the one being applied seems to take the view that anything challenging the Coronaviris Pandemic narrative and associated “Great Reset” being orchestrated by the World Economic Forum is misinformation, while complaints about censorship of perfectly rational and valid opposition is dismissed as the ravings of “conspiracy theorists.”
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