I don’t have a medical background
Yet, why should this disbar me from commenting on the state of the present politically and now military driven Covid-19 response. We have some incredibly sycophantic, uninformed members of the media doing exactly that right now. Other players seem to have stridently anti-social views and agendas. I am not denying Covid-19 can have extreme adverse effects on people who contract it. I do believe our response would be improved by broadening participation to include clinicians and experts who are not so tightly wedded to the vaccine or nothing outlook. The discussion that follows is based on my experience as a resident of Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales.
Someone will have to explain “We share a dream” to me. Even allowing for the fact Bruce Woodley and Judith Durham were using metaphor, a more apt description today is of three competing nightmares. These nightmares map pretty closely to three tribes which I’ll call The Vaxxers, The Resisters and The Treaters.
The first tribe is The Vaxxers. With an evangelistic zeal, they want to slay the infidels. Those who survive they want vaccinated and saved. Am I being unreasonable? Disagree with one, come back and tell me how it went. They support our leaders to demand lockdowns, masks, social distancing and getting as many people vaccinated as fast as possible. “No-one’s safe until we’re all safe”.
To The Vaxxers, slogans like: “Stay apart to stay together”, make perfect sense. Their superior understanding of the dangers we face from the virus gives them licence to view those who oppose them as being anti-vaxxers, heartless, irresponsible and selfish. These views are often conveyed through social mediated abuse. Members of this tribe, it can be assumed, are vaccinated or intend to be. This tribe also contains a sub-tribe who inform on their neighbours, better known as dobbers.
In the absence of a viable alternative to vaccination, the opinions members of this tribe hold are perfectly understandable.
There are a number of ways you could divide this eclectic tribe. It includes members who are hesitant, reluctant and opposed to the vaccines. For the sake of debate, I have split The Resisters into subgroups: The QAnoners, The Libertarians and a larger group who are increasingly angry that emphasis has not been given to their reasonable concerns. We might call this group: The Puzzled.
The QAnoners – include people who believe in world conspiracies. Covid-19 has almost certainly increased their numbers;
The Libertarians – this group stretches across a wide spectrum from big L to little l. They believe in the rights of the individual and that the constraints to liberty caused by lockdowns have a social and economic impact that may be worse than the virus;
The Puzzled – what are their concerns? We don’t know for sure because they haven’t been asked. They do include resistance to vaccine passports, concerns about reported adverse reactions and lack of pre-vaccine testing. This tribe may even contain some vaccinated people. Members are vaguely aware something strange and unique is taking place but its cause and purpose eludes them. The QAnoners explanations leave them unconvinced.
In the absence of a viable alternative to vaccination, the opinions of members of this group are perfectly understandable.
Our Leaders Love the Vaxxers
Before we discuss The Treaters, it is important to outline the role of our leadership class in the Covid-19 response. Our leaders view it as their right to alter yesterday’s narrative to meet the new shape of the vaccination agenda. We are then expected to sacrifice our sanity to meet the resulting cognitive dissonance.
In the language of empathy, this leadership calls on us to set aside our reservations, anxieties and terror at the world they appear to be leading us to. When we find we can’t do that and find their narrative unpersuasive, their mask drops away and empathy is replaced by disdain and coercion. In recent weeks, this disdain has taken a more vitriolic form as politicians, police and media compete in labelling resisters idiots, irresponsible, dangerous, selfish and stupid.
Happily, this is not a problem for The Vaxxers. Conversely, they have become emboldened by the official narrative, With politicians of all shades, police, media and celebrity medics reinforcing the righteousness of their cause, Vaxxer assertiveness knows no bounds. They have found a height of hubris that Trump would envy. There are recent reports that the Army will soon join them. The result is the debate between Vaxxers and Resisters is no debate at all. It is fixed bayonets and take no prisoners.
Our leadership is responsible for this. Congratulations Gladys, Brad, Scott, Daniel, Kevin, Ita, Anthony, Anastasia and Norman. We can add celebrity celebrities like Peter Fitzsimons and Craig Foster who have been putting the boot in to anyone who resists the pro-vax push.
These are strange times. Imagine Labor voters with an authoritarian regime behind them taking the opportunity to settle a score with libertarians. That is the happy world Labor has entered as it cheers “Vaccinate faster” and makes that a point of difference with the Liberals. That is where we are. It is a very strange place.
The marches that were held in Sydney and Melbourne, last weekend, further heightened the tension between these two tribes. Media freely described these events as riots. More emphasis was placed on an abused horse than on the underpinning issues that drove thousands of people onto the street.
In a certain Walkley award winning interview this morning, the ABC’s Sally Sara interrogated NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller. To every question Fuller responded excellent or great question Sally. With her disarming style, our Sal drew from the Commissioner that the rallies were actually motivated and infiltrated by extreme left and right wing groups. In fact, we were told the whole event was hijacked by these groups. How devious they were to dress these dissidents up as families and your neighbours. Thank goodness our best citizens snapped those shots for Crimestoppers.
Yet, despite these noble actions, stark and often ugly division remains. Is there anything we can do to improve things? Maybe but first we would have to discern whether our leadership wants to or whether things are going perfectly to plan.
NB: I have this late arriving clip from Rebel News from the Sydney rally on 24th June. It exposes the weasel words of the our despicable Police Commissioner. How sleazy to misrepresent the purposes of this passionate group of brave citizens.
There is a third tribe, the Treaters. This tribe is almost invisible, thanks to media. While the Resisters are visible through their dissent, The Treaters aim to address key concerns of the other two groups. They want to present a solution that involves the use of treatments , or where our immune system is up to the task, leave it to do what it knows best.
Media has done its best to ignore this option and it has done so uniformly. The Treaters are calling for the use of a range of products, where needed, that include Ivermectin, vitamin C and D, the much maligned hydroxychlroquine and others. For many Australians, the careful linking of these ideas with people like Alan Jones and Craig Kelly is excuse enough to run the other way. That is a shame because there is a larger, better credentialled and informed lobby that is much more worthy of attention.
The ABC, generally, seems to have placed a ban on even discussing these options. There was a rip in the ABC iron “treatment” curtain last week when its AM program interviewed a woman with a compromised lung condition who was calling for the use of treatments. In the same week, a Sydney Morning Herald article featured Sydney University Professor Angela Webster urging us to celebrate Australia’s role in promoting Ivermectin to the world in treating Covid-19 (see related article: Vaccines, Treatments and Media).
The ABC’s Celebrity Doctor and Ivermectin
You can look in vain for our celebrity medicos discussion of treatments or so I thought until I found audio of an interview Norman Swan conducted late last year. Swan’s persistent lack of enthusiasm for Ivermectin contrasted sharply with Professor David Jan’s optimism. Jans is Professor of Research, Monash University, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
The interview notes added, helpfully, Donald Trump’s burblings and the fact remdesivir has proven less than successful in addressing Covid-19. Still, Dr Jans excitement shone through for the major contribution Ivermectin could make to the Covid-19 crisis. See What’s the latest on coronavirus treatments?
Ivermectin’s Australian Champions
Along with Dr Jans, Ivermectin has many other champions in Australia and across the world. A key resource for understanding the drug and its benefits is the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance but in keeping with the Australian focus of this article I’ll point to two more local promoters of its use.
Immunologist, Robert Clancy, was another to celebrate the benefits of Ivermectin and also points to the great work Monash University has done. He was interviewed by the local ABC station in Newcastle on 24th June 2021. In this wonderfully informative 7 minute clip, Clancy explained Ivermectin’s extraordinary efficacy.
ABC Presenter: “Ivermectin just addresses the symptoms, doesn’t it. It just makes the appearance and makes the impact of the virus less”
Clancy: “But that’s the whole purpose. Basically, that’s what vaccines do too. What Ivermectin does is it prevents the virus load becoming…reaching a critical stage where it can go on and cause devastating effects on the body, So its all about reducing the amount of virus produced and reducing the rate at which that virus is produced….The interesting thing about Ivermectin that has given it a real kick along is that recently it’s been shown to actually also inhibit the (??inaudible) of the spike protein… Ivermectin actually blocks that binding of the spike to the receptor as well as disrupting the process of making the virus”.
Thomas Borody from The Centre for Digestive Diseases is another champion of Ivermectin. He has worked for many years in gastrointerology and infectious diseases. In these videos he discusses a treatment protocol that includes Ivermectin, doxycyclone and zinc. Part 1 and Part 2. He has also been a key inspiration for a new project that seeks to make such treatments available to the public in Australia through the Covid Medical Network.
I fear we may be watching the end of Australian society as we’ve known it. We seem to have people in charge who are more than a little unhinged. Politicians hate dissent and they’ll do all they can to avoid it. They do this through denial, deceit, disdain and destruction . We seem to be moving to the destruction phase, having passed through the other three.
Our Chief Health Officer, Kerry Chant, told us today she is sick of seeing chins and noses. We are wearing our masks badly. Premier Gladys told many of us we have to wear our masks everywhere. Deputy Premier Brad threatened us with denial of hospital care if we don’t do as we’re told and vaccinate.
You have to wonder what the future holds. Like the relationship between an authoritarian parent and an obstinate child, will we soon be sent to our rooms till they tell us we can come out. Is that the future for the unvaccinated? What is the plan? Someone seems to have one because our lives have taken on a very strange shape. But we are told this is normal or the new normal. I’ve never lived through a pandemic before. Is this normal behaviour during a pandemic?
As I write, soldiers have joined police going door to door in the Canterbury Bankstown area where I grew up. They are checking for compliance. What does that mean? Should we be told?
These are very strange times.
Do you want to know more about Ivermectin and treatments in general? Here are some great sites to help you with that.
Frontline Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance
The Bird Group
Global Ivermectin Adoption
World Ivermectin Day
Covid Medical Network
Doctors for Covid Ethics
Other great sites
Dark Horse podcast
Informed Consent and Vaccine Rollouts
Reiner Fuillmich at Bitchute
Mark Miller News from the Underground
Money and More with Norbert Haering