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The Biggest Mistake in History: Debating the Great Lockdown: The Best Of 2020.

By Professor Ramesh Thakur Early assumptions of extraordinary SARS-CoV-2 infectiousness and lethality have proven fallacious. Some are already calling the coronavirus lockdown “the Greatest Mistake in History.” The seductive numerical precision of the Imperial College London (ICL) March 16 model, with grim forecasts of… Continue Reading →

Unfolding Catastrophe: Australia. The Best of 2020.

The wildly inaccurate nature of initial modelling may proffer some excuse for the Australian government’s catastrophic mishandling of the Covid crisis. But within weeks of it all beginning epidemiologists from some of the world’s leading institutions were speaking out, warning … Continue Reading →

Lockdowns Wrong: The World Experts Australia Ignored. The Best of 2020.

The Great Barrington Declaration Some of the world’s most distinguished doctors and public health scientists have called on governments to stop the lockdowns which have had such a devastating impact on Australia. A public statement, known as The Great Barrington… Continue Reading →

Australian Medical Association’s Reputation Destroyed in Covid Chaos: The Best Of 2020.

Do No harm. So goes the most basic maxim of medical practice. Yet many hundreds of Australian practitioners have done exactly that, with senior health bureaucrats standing side by side with the nation’s grandstanding politicians as they impose draconian, counterproductive… Continue Reading →

Inhumane Lockdowns Compound Australia’s Covid Fiasco: The Best of 2020

If You are Under 60 and Healthy you have More Chance of Dying of a Car Accident than Covid, argues Dr Guy Campbell We are facing a lethal and unpredictable enemy .Covid 19 is a serious disease. But it’s not the only… Continue Reading →

Deadly Lockdowns: The Argument Is Lost: The Best Of 2020

By Professor Ramesh Thakur On 8 October, I delivered a lecture on ‘Covid-19: A Data Driven Reality Check’ via Zoom to the World Bank-affiliated Global Development Learning Network. The webinar attracted 55 participants from five African and Asian countries, many… Continue Reading →

Lives, Livelihoods and Liberties: Lost

The arrest of 404 people protesting outside Parliament House in Melbourne’s central business district, and the issuing of 395 very punitive fines, has crystallised Australia’s descent into authoritarianism. It is now a simple statement of fact that Australia’s police are… Continue Reading →

India’s COVID-19 Experience

By Professor Ramesh Thakur On 15 September, India had over 5.1 million COVID-19 infections, behind only the United States; and 83,000 deaths, behind the United States and Brazil. The country recorded a mortality rate of 60 deaths per million, compared to… Continue Reading →

The Tyranny of Coronophobia

Professor Ramesh Thakur: The Interview Australia is in chaos from one end to the other, borders closed and the economy tanking, with millions of people in Melbourne under some of the world’s most draconian lockdowns and those who dare to… Continue Reading →

Police Arrest Pregnant Woman for Facebook Post

Every lie has a trigger point when it unravels. In Australia, it is the arrest of a pregnant woman in front of her two children because she had dared to put up a Facebook post in support of lockdown protests…. Continue Reading →

Australia’s Lockdown Sceptics Go Mainstream

The debate over Australia’s harsh lockdowns has turned. From the beginning the cognoscenti, if you wish to call them that, did not climb on board, much less rally behind the flag. But the masses thought otherwise. Anyone who didn’t agree… Continue Reading →

Inhumane Lockdowns Compound Australia’s Covid Fiasco

By Dr Guy Campbell We are facing a lethal and unpredictable enemy that is impossible to completely eradicate, which means that most of us will at some point be immunised with COVID-19 either from natural spread or immunisation. Living with… Continue Reading →

Lockdowns Could Kill More People Than COVID-19

By Professor Ramesh Thakur There has been a remarkable lack of observed statistical difference in the rates of death for countries, and for US states, that have and have not locked down. An assessment of the models used to project… Continue Reading →

COVID-19 Does Not Make it to the Top 50 Causes of Deaths in Australia. For This We Have Sacrificed Everything?

By Professor Ramesh Thakur If ever there was justification for a Royal Commission, this is it. Its primary term of reference should not be to apportion blame, but to identify how we can prepare better for the next big one. With 102… Continue Reading →

Lockdown Mea Culpa: Norway Sets an Example

By Professor Ramesh Thakur On 5 May, the Norwegian  Institute of Public Health published an important report on Norway’s experience of dealing with the Coronavirus crisis. The text that follows is a verbatim extract of the equivalent of the executive… Continue Reading →

Defective Modelling Throws Lockdowns into the Dustbin of Credibility

By Professor Ramesh Thakur On 26 May, Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said if Australia’s mortality rate matched the UK’s, we’d have had 14,000 Covid-19 deaths. This is just tautological rubbish. It would be just as true and equally pointless to… Continue Reading →

The Unfolding Catastrophe of Government Covid Hysteria

By Professor Ramesh Thakur The average seasonal flu has a fatality rate of 0.1%. On 5 March, based on the early data from Wuhan in China which had the first cluster of infections and deaths, the World Health Organisation (WHO)… Continue Reading →

Lockdowns Can Be Cruel, Heartless, and Deadly

By Emeritus Professor Ramesh Thakur  Human beings are family- and community-oriented social animals. Sharing food and drink at home or in restaurants, enjoying the cinema, watching cricket, or appreciating a concert or a play are not optional add-ons but fundamental… Continue Reading →

Sound the Trumpets: Not All Experts Agree with the Australian Government’s Covid Stance

By Ramesh Thakur Cockwomble: A person, usually male, prone to making outrageously stupid statements and/or engaging in inappropriate behaviour while generally having a very high opinion of their own wisdom  and importance. Presently exemplified by Agent Orange who dwells in… Continue Reading →

Lives Versus Lives

By Ramesh Thakur with Pearls and Irritations When did the world’s media and politicians become collective versions of Lance Corporal Jones in the British comedy series Dad’s Army, screaming: Don’t panic! Don’t panic!? Colour me contrarian, but since the 2003 Iraq… Continue Reading →

How Australia Got Covid-19 Completely and Totally Wrong

Experts Warn Against Authoritarian Madness None of it makes any sense. The streets are spookily quiet. The economy has been killed stone dead. People are being fined for going about their normal lives, even for being outside their homes without… Continue Reading →

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