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The Infection of #Science by #Politics: A Nobel Laureate and Biophysicist on the #Coronavirus Crisis


Source: https://architectsforsocialhousing.co.uk/2020/09/21/the-infection-of-science-by-politics-a-nobel-laureate-and-biophysicist-on-the-coronavirus-crisis/
One of the claims made by the #governments of the world to justify imposing the regulations and programmes of a #biosecurity state on their populations is that they are ‘following the science’. By the same token, those who uncritically support these measures — in both #mainstream and social media — claim that anyone who criticises or opposes them are ‘anti-science’.

As #Professor #Levitt states: it is not governments that are following the science; rather, it is #politics that has ‘infected’ the scientists. By making the statements of eminent scientists with the courage to speak out against Government and #media lies more widely known, it is our hope that the debate the people of #Britain should be having will be opened to the knowledge we should be applying to this crisis, which goes far beyond a virus with the fatality rate of a severe #flu, and which threatens the existence of our human rights, civil liberties and democratic politics.

1st statement

People are insisting on refereed reports. No-one wants to share anything. The #scientists are more panicked and scared of reality than anybody else.

This has got nothing to do with the politics. As a group, scientists have failed the younger generation.

‘Deciding what to do in this situation is really, really difficult. We cannot rely on one or two voices. There should have been a committee formed, either by the Nobel Foundation, by Lindau, by The Royal Society, The National Academy, in the middle of February when this was coming down the road, and we should have discussed this.

‘Instead, we let #economics and #politics dedicate the science.

There was total #panic. And the fact is that almost all the science we were hearing — for example, from organisations like the World Health Organisation — was wrong.

We had Facebook censoring [views contrary to] the World Health Organisation.

Nobody said to me: “Let me check your numbers”. They all just said: “Stop talking like that”.

.. but the fact is that viral cases and deaths follow a time trajectory, and I think that physicist and theoretical chemists who understand trajectories are way better qualified.

2nd Statement

‘I am not against #lockdown. I’m against stupid lockdown without considering the full picture. That is, not just combating a
virus that is exactly as dangerous as flu, but also avoiding the economic damage that every country has caused itself, except #Sweden

In other words, everything is data-driven, but people have chosen not to look at the data. In many places, the politics has infected the scientists. Certainly in the USA the politics has infected the scientists.’

3rd Statement

‘I think the problem is not just science and public. It’s science to other scientists. Nobody ever said: “You’re saying this: can I check your numbers” This is something which any intelligent person could do themselves in a few days. Every science needs problems to be worked over.

The one place that did have some intelligent #conversation — but I only got involved in it very late — was the European Molecular Biology Lab.

The #criticism is wonderful, because [with]good science, you have to be able to stand up to criticism. Scientists expect to be torn apart. We circled the wagons against this, and it really, really hurt us.’

4th Statement

‘I’m not saying that corona is like flu. But It has exactly the same excess death and age-ranges as flu, and flu is a very serious disease, so I’m not undermining [the existence of] #COVID.

Scientists are arrogant, and refuse to listen to people not in their fields. Scientists are getting away Scott-free for causing billions of dollars’ worth of damage, and this is something which cannot be allowed to happen.

‘It’s not just the World Health Organisation. #Ferguson wanted Sweden to lock down, and got Britain to lock down. And when the numbers become normal, exactly what you would expect without lockdown, he then says: “Ah, it’s because of lockdown”. This is terrible science. This is science which should go on trial. Scientists cannot cause damage like this and refuse to listen.

‘The fact is that #epidemiology and modelling has been a disgrace. They have not looked at the #data. They have been wrong at every turn. We’re going to see that, although coronavirus is a different disease, the net #impact of death is going to be very similar to severe flu. And it’s going to be that way without lockdown.

Michael Levitt, Professor of Structural #Biology at Stanford University since 1987, elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001, made a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2002, and received the Nobel Prize for #Chemistry in 2013.
#WHO #GB #COVID19 #new normal
The Infection of Science by Politics: A Nobel Laureate and Biophysicist on the Coronavirus Crisis
 
Finally catching up on some pictures I've taken during the lockdown in late March, April and into May.

BIRDS AND MORE FROM MY WINDOWS

#birds #birdwatching #picture #pictures #photo #photography #wildlife #coronavirus #lockdown
Birds and more from my windows
 
Now that's reassuring. Everything is just fine. And I'm sure the app (if ever released) will work without a hitch as well. We're safe. The government has everything under control.

The training for the government's track and trace system is brilliant

#Coronavirus #Covid19 #UK #trackandtrace #BorisJohnson #MattHancock #lockdown #nothingtoworryabout #health
 
This is a beautiful tune:

https://youtu.be/a6LkdYy5gLQ

Please support them if you can, link in the description.

#Coronavirus #Covid19 #lockdown #music #folk #traditional #Scotland

YouTube: Jenn, Sam & Rob: You're The Voice (Jenn, Sam & Rob)

 
OK, German folks, is this for real? Drive in raves in Germany?



#Coronavirus #Covid19 #Germany #rave #drivein #raves #party #lockdown
 

You have to love it. ;)


reshare from @Michael Fenichel

Speaking of OMG (Tull song of course), and rolling baby rolling (Doors, Rawhide, and TP)…

HOLY MOLY… Remember Mungo Jerry? “In the summertime when the weather was fine”…



School Years for many, middle/high school or first jobs, summer dates, cars and radios?

HE’S BA-ACK!! Mungo -f’n Jerry, mutton-chop burns looking good as every, and he’s got lots of people’s blues.

50 Summers Later… THE CORONA VIRUS BLUES -"Mungo Jerry (!)



And a blues song for this is a summer erased. With a 50 salute to his summer anthem.

We’ve all got the blues, corona
He woke up coughing, and he woke up sneezing,
And he woke up sweating, hallucinating… and corona,
Corona Virus Blues

Can’t go to work, can’t go to school,
Can’t go nowhere, it’s all over the news
Corona… Corona Virus Blues

The whole world’s on lockdown with the Corona Virus Blues.

#summer2020 #mungojerry #music #musica #musique #corona #coronavirusblues
#covid-19 #covid19 #lockdown #lockdownsession #randomshit
 

You have to love it. ;)


reshare from @Michael Fenichel

Speaking of OMG (Tull song of course), and rolling baby rolling (Doors, Rawhide, and TP)…

HOLY MOLY… Remember Mungo Jerry? “In the summertime when the weather was fine”…



School Years for many, middle/high school or first jobs, summer dates, cars and radios?

HE’S BA-ACK!! Mungo -f’n Jerry, mutton-chop burns looking good as every, and he’s got lots of people’s blues.

50 Summers Later… THE CORONA VIRUS BLUES -"Mungo Jerry (!)



And a blues song for this is a summer erased. With a 50 salute to his summer anthem.

We’ve all got the blues, corona
He woke up coughing, and he woke up sneezing,
And he woke up sweating, hallucinating… and corona,
Corona Virus Blues

Can’t go to work, can’t go to school,
Can’t go nowhere, it’s all over the news
Corona… Corona Virus Blues

The whole world’s on lockdown with the Corona Virus Blues.

#summer2020 #mungojerry #music #musica #musique #corona #coronavirusblues
#covid-19 #covid19 #lockdown #lockdownsession #randomshit
 
Let's prepare the excuses. Here's a ready made tweet, pick/delete as required:

It's not my fault. It's the fault of the Chinese/Germans/Democrats/Labour/populationwhodidntlisten/FakeNewsPress/somethingIcantspell/Obama/WHO/EU/bureaucrats/somethingIforgot.

#Coronavirus #Covid19 #lockdown #excuses #blame
 
Yes, it's not only the young breaking the rules/guidance, the older generation is just as bad.

Provost urges elderly to abide by the lockdown rules

I wouldn't be surprised if some when challenged bring up some war stories/arguments ("We survived the Blitz and won't let this virus get us down") as if you can just overcome a virus with some grit and determination. Also ignoring that plenty of people didn't survive the Blitz.

Remember hearing an interview with a few pensioners just before the full lockdown was announced and not going to the pub was just a recommendation. They just said, oh no, we'll still go to the pub/cafe, can't stop us in our way of life. Freedom!

#Coronavirus #Covid19 #virus #lockdown #UK #politics #pensioners #elderly
Provost urges elderly to abide by the lockdown rules
 
A more balanced view to the "stay at home" slogan brigade virtue signaling from their comfortable middle class homes with a garden:

Coronavirus: Closing parks and open spaces in lockdown should be 'last resort'

Plenty of people live in flats, often in cramped places, without access to a garden. They need to get out for some exercise and daylight. Closing public space forces them into even narrower spaces, making distancing even more difficult, making it counterproductive.

#Coronavirus #Covid19 #lockdown #parks #closure #politics
 
#corona

Jonathan #Pie: #LOCKDOWN



YOU work in IT, so I don't have to!
 
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Norway Is Closed: PM Takes Drastic Measures to Stop Coronavirus


The Norwegian Prime Minister announced the most drastic set of measures ever seen outside of wartime in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Millions of Norwegians and foreigners living in or visiting Norway will be impacted by a drastic set of measures announced by Erna Solberg today. Norway is essentially shutting itself down for two weeks, in a bid to stop the rapid spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 disease.

https://www.lifeinnorway.net/norway-is-closed-coronavirus/

#Norway #COVID19 #Coronavirus #CoronavirusOutbreak #PublicHealth #PublicSafety #pandemic #epidemic #NotTheFlu #lockdown #quarantine #medical #HealthCare
 
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Norway Is Closed: PM Takes Drastic Measures to Stop Coronavirus


The Norwegian Prime Minister announced the most drastic set of measures ever seen outside of wartime in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Millions of Norwegians and foreigners living in or visiting Norway will be impacted by a drastic set of measures announced by Erna Solberg today. Norway is essentially shutting itself down for two weeks, in a bid to stop the rapid spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 disease.

https://www.lifeinnorway.net/norway-is-closed-coronavirus/

#Norway #COVID19 #Coronavirus #CoronavirusOutbreak #PublicHealth #PublicSafety #pandemic #epidemic #NotTheFlu #lockdown #quarantine #medical #HealthCare
 
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