All posts tagged: Britain

How a computer glitch destroyed dozens of lives

With revelations of how glitches in voting software has caused problems in the recent US Federal Election, a story out of Britain shows how software used there destroyed dozens of lives working in the postal system.

500 academics say British COVID risk exaggerated?

With Brits being threatened with fines if they are caught outside their homes without a legitimate reason under the country’s second wave lockdown, 500 academics have accused the British government of exaggerating the COVID risk in order to justify its actions. The Daily Mail explains: Official data is ‘exaggerating’ the risk of Covid-19 and talk of a second wave is ‘misleading’, nearly 500 academics told Boris Johnson in open letter attacking lockdown. The doctors and scientists said the Government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has become ‘disproportionate’ and that mass testing has distorted the risk of the virus. They said tests are likely to be producing high numbers of ‘false positive’ results and the Government must do more to put infection and death rates within the context of normal seasonal rates. The letter criticised the Government’s handling of coronavirus for ‘causing more harm than good’. READ: Official data is ‘exaggerating’ the risk of Covid and talk of a second wave is ‘misleading’, 500 academics tell Boris Johnson in open letter attacking lockdown Of course, this …

Lockdown fallout: Stillbirths nearly doubled

We have been hearing a lot lately about the unintended consequences of the lockdowns. Here’s another. According to reports the number of stillbirths in Britain nearly doubled during the COVID pandemic as it seems pregnant women were staying home when they started encountering problems instead of seeking medical attention. Many blame this on the messaging that people needed to protect the NHS from being overrun. The Blaze explains: There were nearly double the number of stillbirths during the height of the coronavirus lockdown, with concerns the “protect the NHS” message may have discouraged women from seeking urgent medical help. According to recent figures reported in the Health Services Journal, there were 40 stillbirths after labour in England between April and June, nearly double the 24 from the same time last year. As a result, the UK’s Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) said it will launch a review of the increase. READ: Stillbirths Nearly Double During UK’s First Lockdown RELATED: Of course, Britain is in the midst of a second COVID wave and the mainstream media …

Will police be raiding homes over Christmas?

This is disturbing, but according to reports, police in Britain are warning that they will be invading people’s homes over Christmas if they are suspected of breaking the COVID rules. There are different rules across Britain depending on what lockdown tier is in place. Some areas, like the Midlands, don’t allow visits from people outside the immediate family. Other areas allow mixed groups to a maximum of six. The Daily Mail explains: Police chiefs have warned that Christmas family celebrations will be broken up by officers if they flout lockdown rules. David Jamieson, the West Midlands police and crime commissioner, said officers will investigate reports of rule-breaking over the festive period. The West Midlands are currently under Tier 2 restrictions, meaning people cannot mix with any other households or bubbles inside. READ: Police will enter homes and break up Christmas dinners if families break lockdown rules – and there will be riots, predicts police commissioner However, senior British police officers are also warning if governments force the police to do this, it could result in massive riots. The Blaze …

The Spectator: Top ten COVID data failures

Tom Jefferson & Carl Heneghan recently authored an article for the British newspaper The Spectator about the top ten COVID data failures for that country. In my opinion, most of the mistakes related to changing COVID from a pandemic to panic-demic. Here are a couple of The Spectator’s choices: 1) Overstating of the number of people who are going to die This starts with the now-infamous Imperial College London (ICL) ‘Report 9’ that modelled 500,000 deaths if no action was taken at all, and 250,000 deaths if restrictions were not tightened. This set the train of lockdown restrictions in motion. Some argue that Imperial’s modelling may have come true had it not been for lockdown. But this does not explain Sweden. Academics there said its assumptions would mean 85,000 deaths if Sweden did not lock down. It did not – and deaths are just under 6,000. 7) The Vallance graph On 21 September, Sir Patrick Vallance held a press conference where he sought to raise public support for further restrictions. The only graph he showed was one where cases …

British Rage: Elderly Covid patients refused treatment?

According to the Daily Mail, British people are outraged after finding out during the height of COVID outbreak in that country, several hospitals were refusing to send older patients to intensive care for treatment over concern they would overrun hospitals. But at its height only 42% of the ventilator beds were ever used. It’s alleged, the country’s National Health System (NHS) developed a scoring system for patients. If people’s number were too high, they would not be sent to intensive care, in some instances the hospitals would not even accept them as patients. People were scored based on their age and frailty. The higher the number the less likely they were to be sent to the hospital. Initially, those over the age of 80 were given a score of nine which immediately disqualified them from intensive hospital care. People in their 60s and 70s were also being refused when their age score combined with scores for other factors drove their number too high. In some instances, doctors also told those in certain age groups to …

Britain: 30% of COVID deaths died from other causes?

According to researchers from Oxford University, at least 30% of the people in Britain who the government listed as dying from COVID during July and August actually died from other causes, such as cancer and even car accidents. The government has even acknowledged that COVID was not the primary cause of death for many of the people on the list, but were included because they tested positive for COVID. In other words, the Coronavirus numbers are padded. The Daily Mail explains: A third of the people recorded to have died from Covid-19 in July and August may have actually passed away due to other causes, such as cancer and even included people who had been killed after being hit by a car Oxford University research has suggested.   Experts at Oxford University have found that around 30 per cent of those included in the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) coronavirus deaths toll over the summer actually died primarily from other conditions. […] The team from Oxford University is concerned that the over counting will get worse …

Under 50s more likely to die from accidents than COVID

According to Cambridge University statistician Sir David Spiegelhalter, a healthy person in Britain under the age of 50 is more likely to die from an accident (this includes car accidents) than from COVID. Spiegelhalter added that of the near 43,000 deaths in Britain that have been blamed on COVID, only 959 were 50 years of age or under. And of that group 80% of those had underlying health conditions which means they would have undoubtedly survived if they had been healthy. This has left many wondering if COVID was the cause of death or the underlying health condition. Which of course begs the obvious questions, why was the whole country quarantined? Why were the healthy quarantined? He said: Under 40s were more like to die in car accident than COVID Under 25s more likely to die of pneumonia or the flu than COVID READ: Healthy under-50s are more likely to die from a car accident or an injury than Covid-19, leading statistician says Epidemiologists in Canada came to a similar conclusion. They said based on …

Did the Genesis’ flood separate England from Europe?

For decades, it was thought a land bridge that once connected Britain to Europe had disappeared through a combination of slow erosion and rising seas. Some believe this separation took place over one million years ago. However, that popular theory was tossed into the trash bin because of a 2006 study that was conducted on how England was populated. As part of the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain project (AHOB), researchers scanned the English Channel several kilometers off the coast of Sussex looking for examples of human settlement.