On Herd Immunity, Establishment Disinformation, and Gain-of-Function

Sorry to wax all scientific but it is a well known fact that herd immunity is not only achieved through vaccination; it is also achieved by getting the virus. Indeed, for most of human history, this was how immunity worked (it still works this way). When the technocracy tells you that—oh, horror—less than half the population is fully vaccinated, what its authorized experts aren’t telling you is that a large proportion of the population has immunity from having had the virus. If you look at the data trends, you cannot miss the fact that case numbers peaked on January 8 and began declining drastically at a moment when zero percent of the population was fully vaccinated and only two percent had had at least on dose. Remember, it takes weeks for immunity to set it. In other words, the same effect would have been achieved without the vaccine.

The way the experiment was rolled out, and this is a problem going forward, a confound was introduced in that many of those who have had the virus also got vaccinated. How did this happen? A textbook case of misinformation that somehow social media let through the filter: because public health authorities effectively changed the definition of herd immunity, they led the public to believe that, whether people had had this virus or not, they needed to be vaccinated. The propaganda push led to millions of people being unnecessarily injected with experimental corporate products. This push was facilitated by workplace rules and social coercion.

If we really wanted to get a sense of where we were on herd immunity, then we would take all those who had a positive test, separate out those who were vaccinated after infection, and then perform antibodies tests on those who have neither been vaccinated nor had a positive test. A representative national sample of willing participants would suffice to draw the inference. The best time to have done this was last year. But since we didn’t do that, the best time to do this is right now. With emergency use authorization, we are (in many cases involuntarily or without informed consent) participating in arguably the sloppiest experiment ever conducted.

All this presumes the technocrats actually care about science rather than corporate profits. Concern for science may have been the case when we had a functioning democratic republic (although corporate power has always been a complicating factor). But in the era of regulatory capture and corporate governance, the public can go fuck itself. And if citizens take issue with that, they can expect censorship, deplatforming, discipline, and ridicule.

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Mika Brzezinski of the Morning Joe program told her audience that the unvaccinated are getting the vaccinated sick. You may have thought the reason to get vaccinated was so you won’t get sick. Think again. Now you are being told that the vaccinated can get sick. Vaccine defenders say that these are only a small number of “breakthrough cases.” But there are quite a lot of stories about vaccinated people getting sick. Vaccine defenders will stipulate with this claim: but they don’t wind up in the hospital. Actually, they do.

NBC Chicago affiliate recently carried the headline “‘Really Surprising’: Vaccinated Chicago Man Who Got COVID After Vacation Warns Others.” The story begins with Robert Coy, a young man who had had been fully vaccinated for months and decided to go on vacation with friends. “It was one of those things where, you know, we’ve been going out to places now at that point, maybe for a week or two, but we were able to take off masks, rejoin society, the CDC guidelines kept getting looser and looser and looser.” Coy and his friends vacationed in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where, it seems, they acquired COVID-19.

Provincetown officials confirmed recent spike in cases, particularly involving fully vaccinated people. Town Manager Alex Morse wrote on Facebook Sunday: “Overwhelmingly, the affected individuals have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19.” Morse tried to save the narrative with: “The moderate intensity of symptoms indicates that the vaccines are working as predicted.” But this is true even for the unvaccinated. COVID-19 is mild to moderate in the vast majority of people who get it, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.

“It’s like a really nasty cold,” Coy said. “You’ll get a bit of a cough, maybe, and you just feel tired and it’s not fun, but I will say it’s definitely a lot less severe than I would have expected.” Why would he have expected anything different? As I reported in “‘Whatever that number is’: Vaccine Hesitancy, Common Sense, and Stigmatizing Christians,” a poll found that 41 percent of Democrats believed that half or more of those infected with SARS-CoV-2 would be hospitalized. Like tens of millions, Coy was misled. The NBC-Chicago story fails to correct the record. NBC-Chicago cannot be ignorant of the fact that the vast majority of people are either asymptomatic or experience mild cold symptoms, fully recover, and acquire lasting immunity.

NBC’s national bureau is reporting that fully vaccinated can become seriously ill and hospitalized. Like the Chicago bureau, they try to save the narrative with such claims as “Fully vaccinated people who become seriously ill following breakthrough infections tend be older or have serious medical conditions.” But, again, this is true for the unvaccinated. Healthy children and adults almost never developed serious medical conditions after acquiring the virus. The public would know this had those voices telling the truth about this virus had not been censored or deplatformed.

If the vaccine were as effective as the authorized experts claim (I will stipulate that Pfizer and Moderna’s mRNA concoctions are vaccines for the sake of the point), then you would expect a young man to not experience these symptoms. Even unvaccinated, he would likely not have experienced these symptoms (yet he and his young friends—all vaccinated—experienced the same symptoms). What’s the difference, then? Had he not had the vaccine, that would have been his inoculation and he would not have risked blood clots, Guillain-Barré syndrome, myocarditis, pericarditis, and the myriad of other health problems (including death) associated with the vaccines. To be sure, there are risks from the virus. But you may or may not get the virus. If you get the vaccine, then for sure you expose yourself to these risks.

Remember, these gene therapies and vaccines are being administered despite not enjoying FDA approval because the pharmaceutical companies who invented them having been given emergency use authorization to distribute them. We might grant that there is a need for emergency use authorization for the very old and those with comorbidities that put them at risk for serious illness. But there is no emergency for those who do not slot into these categories. Yet they have pushed injections of these products down to 12-year-olds. They have plans before the fall is out to push the vaccines down to 6-month-olds. There is no emergency among these populations.

Does getting influenza or the flu vaccine mean you never get the flu again? No. You get the flu even with a vaccine developed for the strain of influenza that makes you sick. Cases of COVID-19 are rising again. Why? Because the vaccines don’t work? It could be that like all RNA virus, SARS-CoV-2 mutates (although the mutations do not appear to change the virus into something the immune system wouldn’t recognized). Welcome to the world you have always known. By all means let’s make the known world strange. For what purpose? So the media can announce a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.” It sounds to me as if the efficacy of the vaccine is in question (or that it is not really a vaccine) and the vaccine pushers are demonizing the unvaccinated to distract the public from that fact—and shame the unvaccinated into taking these shots.

Let’s think through this logically. Assume the vaccinated can carry the virus. It is a safe assumption since clearly they can get sick. Some are even hospitalized. If the vaccinated can carry the virus, then they can infect other vaccinated people—and obviously unvaccinated people (unless, to a lesser extend, since they have had the virus, which confers immunity). This means that the vaccinated are getting the vaccinated and unvaccinated sick. A room full of vaccinated people is not a safe room to be in because any one or more of them could be carrying the virus—and any one of them can acquire the virus and get sick. Why are the vaccinated allowed to go around without masks if they can carry and transmit and contract the virus? Isn’t the vaccine really conferring a false sense of security rather than immunity to the coronavirus? I am not advocating masks. I am calling out bullshit.

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Facebook didn’t appreciate being called a killer. Joe Biden clarified his remarks, saying he intended to shock Facebook and other social media platforms into censoring posts that contradicted the establishment narrative. He was, he insisted, calling on Big Tech to act. What does it mean for Big Tech to act? The corporations that control the means of communication should censor and deplatform those who post criticisms of corporate and government claims and practices. As open discourse is the lifeblood of democracy, it means that Biden is deeply illiberal in his attitudes towards freedom of thought and speech. In other words, the United States is governed by an authoritarian leader who was likely installed (of course, Biden isn’t governing anything, including his own mind).

In his rhetoric, Biden refers to a dozen people who are spreading disinformation about COVID-19 and the vaccine. Here is his source: The Disinformation Dozen: Why platforms must act on twelve leading online anti-vaxxers. The March 2021 report is published by the London-based propaganda outfit the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH). Number one and two on the list are Joseph Mercola and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. You can read CCDH’s About page to get a sense of who they are. Note that the CCDH brags about employing behavioral psychologists to develop their manipulative messaging. Imran Ahmed is the founding CEO of the CCDH. His site elevates him to the status of “a recognized authority on the social and psychological dynamics of social media.” Recognized by who? I outrank him (I have a MA and a PhD). I don’t recognize him as an authority.

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Watch the video above to see US Senator Rand Paul dismantle Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) with the National Institutions of Health (NIH). Fauci denies lying to Congress in previous testimony in which he dismissed NIH funding of gain-of-function research, but Senator Paul references the following article, “Discovery of a rich gene pool of bat SARS-related coronaviruses provides new insights into the origin of SARS coronavirus,” in which efforts to produce “chimeric” coronaviruses, the fruit of gain-of-function experiments. The paper lists the NIH as a source of funding.

Gain-of-function research involves altering a pathogen to make it more transmissible in order to better predict emerging diseases. What would make a pathogen more transmissible in nature? Random mutation. Random means that something happens without method or conscious decision. So how does a methodical and conscious decision anticipate natural random mutation? 

What are the odds of scientists predicting a natural random mutation? For example, in the creation of the Harvard mouse, what are the odds that a mouse with that genome would have appeared in nature? The answer is probably effectively zero. Does aybody really believe that something like SARS-CoV-2 would appear in nature after having been invented by researchers? Why would it need to? It has already been invented.  Do they think we’re stupid? Yes. And a lot of us are. 

Gain-of-function research isn’t to better predict emerging disease. People, they’re lying to us. Gain-of-function research is a method of inventing and manufacturing pathogens that are more transmissible so that the pathogens can be patented, giving corporations exclusive rights to products surrounding the pathogen which generate profits. For example, since the RNA sequence used to manufacture the virus would be known to vaccine manufacturers, inventing a pathogen allows for the rapid production of a vaccine. Of course, gain-of-function could also be bioweapons research. It functioned as both in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Imagine if the fruits of gain-of-function research were released and spread around the world and in less than a year vaccines appeared (while effective therapeutic were suppressed). You don’t have to imagine it. It appears to have happened. See, there is a trick to corporate profit. Corporations don’t wait for demand to form around an organic need for a response or solution to a problem. Corporations create the need by creating a problem.

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Andrew Austin

Andrew Austin is on the faculty of Democracy and Justice Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay. He has published numerous articles, essays, and reviews in books, encyclopedia, journals, and newspapers.

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