A few days ago I had no idea what monkeypox was. But apparently some people did. Last November, an international biosecurity conference in Munich held a simulation of a monkeypox outbreak starting mid-May this year. Some readers might recall a similar event in 2019, predicting a coronavirus pandemic. Michael Senger has the details.

To Win a War, Make Sure Your Opponent Doesn’t Know He’s at War

Now, I may sound like a conspiracy theorist: We now see the total failure of the covid containment attempts more clearly by the day. We see how the lockdowns, travel bans and injections have saved nothing, but resulted in inflation, poverty, deterioration of public health and education, distrust and pessimism all around the world. How all of this would play out was clear to […]

Not Only Useless, but Harmful

The debate on masks against viral infection, a measure previously considered more or less useless, but which suddenly became wildly popular early 2020, has mostly been about their effectiveness. Despite several attempts no concrete evidence has yet been presented, proving facemasks prevent the transmission of Covid-19. More or less all observational studies have shown the […]

“And Yet it Moves”

According to a new peer-reviewed study published in the Cureus journal, there is no correlation between mask usage and Covid-19 infections and deaths across 35 European countries. Those new results fly in the face of the widely held belief that because a mask limits airflow it necessarily limits viral spread. This is a widespread fallacy of intuition; […]

Peer-reviewed, so it must be valid … really?

Here we see a new and very clear example of how a deeply flawed study, evidently a piece of propaganda more than anything else, flows through the peer-review process, no questions asked. A model, assuming vaccines provide 80% protection against infection, way beyond reality, and that this immunity is constant and never wanes, also in […]

What Explains 30% Excess Mortality in Iceland in Q1 2022?

January to March 2022 760 people died in Iceland, a sharp increase of 30% compared with the previous year. Excess mortality against the average for the past five years before 2022 in the first quarter is 28%. Chief epidemiologist Thorolfur Gudnason, who recently fell seriously ill with Covid-19 despite triple vaccination, which according to him provides excellent protection against […]

The Ukraine War Exposes the Failures of ‘Ethical’ Business, Says Professor of Finance

Aswath Damodaran, Professor of Finance at the Stern School of Business at New York University, is well known to many of those who have worked in finance. His valuation datasets are widely used by bankers and consultants. But Damodaran does not just collect and publish useful data. In a recent article he asks important questions about the usefulness of […]

The Cancellation of Tchaikovsky

I have an old LP on the turntable now, a 1985 Berlin Philharmonic performance of Tchaikovsky‘s 1812 Overture. Recorded almost 40 years before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, almost 40 years after Germany‘s siege of Leningrad, the Berlin Wall still standing, no end in sight, at the height of the Cold War. Great Russian music, composed to […]