Lock-downs: “Costs massively outweighed benefits … a humanitarian disaster”

The statement

“Different analysts may estimate costs and benefits differently, and there is room for a range of views.  However the most startling aspect of Foster and Sabhlok’s work is not the details, or even the conclusion that costs massively outweighed benefits (with which I agree), but their claim (which seems to be correct) that no Australian state or federal government performed a CBA, either at the time of the lockdowns or subsequently.  The most important lesson to learn from all this is the legally mandated necessity for any future pandemic-related decisions by governments to be accompanied by a CBA in support of them.” 

— Dr Martin T Lally, Capital Financial Consultants Ltd.

The source

Dr Martin T Lally, Capital Financial Consultants Ltd, in a book review of Do lockdowns and border closures serve the “greater good”? A cost-benefit analysis of Australia’s reaction to COVID-19, by Gigi Foster and Sanjeev Sabhlok, published on 29 September 2022.


My take on it

My introduction to Professor Foster was in her role as a panelist on Q&A, on 21 April of 2020. What caught my attention that night was not so much the questions that she asked, Impact Analysis 101-type questions which in my mind were already crying out for answers. What stood out was the jaw-drop reaction of the rest of the panel.

Nearly three years later, that amazing dichotomy persists.

Foster and Sabhlok completed – after the horse had bolted – the analysis that others were duty-bound to have completed beforehand. It showed that the policy response had indeed been counter-productive, ie against the public interest.

Other analyses have formed the same conclusion. The Institute Of Public Affairs’ report, Hard Lessons, also released in September, called Australia’s zero-covid strategy and its associated lock-down measures, “a humanitarian disaster”:

“It’s easy to understand why the authors (Morgan Begg, Director of the IPA’s Legal Rights Program, and Daniel Wild, Deputy Executive Director of IPA) came to this conclusion.

They found that Australia’s Covid response, which involved some of the longest lock-downs in the world, cost $934.8 billion and resulted in 31 x more life years lost than were saved.

Australian federal, state and territory governments threw out the evidence-based Australian Health Management Plan for Pandemic Influenza (written in 2014 and updated by the federal department of health in August 2019) in favour of an unscientific, costly, and frankly cruel zero-covid approach. It was an abject failure. IPA’s Hard Lessons reports quantifies just how much this failure cost Australia in life years, economic terms, and in educational losses.”

So what?

I repeat Dr Lully’s comment, which is apposite:

“The most important lesson to learn from all this is the legally mandated necessity for any future pandemic-related decisions by governments to be accompanied by a CBA in support of them.”

Don’t hold your breath. An eclectic mix of ignorance, incompetence, self-protection, compliance, boot-licking and complicity is at work.

Jab: Miscarriages and Stillbirths up 4070%

The statement

VAERS Shows a 4070% Increase in Miscarriages and Stillbirths Since mRNA Roll-out

The source

Brian Lupo, on The Gateway Pundit, published 19 December 2022 

://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/12/vaers-showing-4070-increase-miscarriages-stillbirths-since-mrna-roll/

Original data and graphs are at https://openvaers.com/covid-data/reproductive-health

My take on it

You don’t need to be a statistician. The message leaps off the page.

Yet still this sickening juggernaut rolls on.

Masks: No evidence in favour, says White House

The statement

“There is no study in the world that shows that masks work that well.”

The source

Dr Ashish Jha, White House Top COVID Adviser, in an interview with three others (Cheryl Bettigole, Philadelphia Health Commissioner; Letitia Stein, Health Report Health & Science Editor; Jason Laughlin, Health Reporter) on BonginoReport published 22 December 2022 

https://rumble.com/v21wmde-biden-covid-czar-finally-admits-the-truth-about-masks.html?mref=1vds3&mrefc=2

My take on it

It’s an admission from the Biden White House that has taken a long time coming.

The evidence in support was never there. So it was not about infection control. It was just about control.

This recent admission continues to ignore the significant adverse effects of these masks which are well documented, including in several of my own earlier posts.

The jab: Dr Kerryn Phelps becomes a witness against

The comment

Former federal MP Dr Kerryn Phelps has revealed she and her wife both suffered serious and ongoing injures from Covid vaccines, while suggesting the true rate of adverse events is far higher than acknowledged due to under-reporting and “threats” from medical regulators.

In an explosive submission to Parliament’s Long Covid inquiry, the former Australian Medical Association (AMA) president has broken her silence about the “devastating” experience — emerging as the most prominent public health figure in the country to speak up about the taboo subject.

“This is an issue that I have witnessed first-hand with my wife who suffered a severe neurological reaction to her first Pfizer vaccine within minutes, including burning face and gums, paraesethesiae, and numb hands and feet, while under observation by myself, another doctor and a registered nurse at the time of immunisation,” the 65-year-old said.

“I continue to observe the devastating effects a year-and-a-half later with the addition of fatigue and additional neurological symptoms including nerve pains, altered sense of smell, visual disturbance and musculoskeletal inflammation. The diagnosis and causation has been confirmed by several specialists who have told me that they have seen ‘a lot’ of patients in a similar situation. …..

“Regulators of the medical profession have censored public discussion about adverse events following immunisation, with threats to doctors not to make any public statements about anything that ‘might undermine the government’s vaccine rollout’ or risk suspension or loss of their registration,” she said.

The source

Frank Chung, news.com.au, 20 December 2022

(https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/human-body/ask-ahpra-dr-kerryn-phelps-doesnt-know-why-regulator-silenced-doctors-on-vaccine-injuries/news-story/a731a655120649f913c8170bfbf1bb96 )

My take on it

“Regulators of the medical profession have censored public discussion about adverse events following immunisation.”

Do tell.

Life has a way of confronting us with the truth, notwithstanding.