Gabriel Roberts

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Nick Hudson on The Fat Emperor Podcast


I acknowledge that there’s a lot of stuff we don’t know. So I’m interested to hear people’s theories about tradewinds, as I’m interested to hear people’s theories about viral dormancy, and change in temperature triggering epidemics… those are all things that you must entertain as a scientist—or a person that admires science at the very least. That’s how you learn new things, is by thinking about the novel, or the creative idea. And we’re simply not doing this; we have one cause, which is ‘kids give it to granny’, and we have one cure, which is lockdown. It’s the most stultifying approach you can possibly take to a complex system like an epidemic.

There is a confluence of incentives… you’ve got people who are making money, and they’re going to carry on trying to do that out of this lunatic testing asylum; you’ve got people that are too far gone—they’ve committed too much to the doctrine of lockdown, the voodoo of the mask, and it’s hard for them to stand down; and then you’ve got people with delusions of grandeur, who want to save the world from the deadly virus, and who believe that they’re going to do it with their vaccine, even though we’ve never had a really successful RNA vaccine, and a safe one, an efficacious one, that you can show is safe and efficacious, is years off; and then you’ve got… ineptitude as another part of the story, people who are not that bright—they haven’t really spent enough time studying the data and the information to form their views, they’re forming their views out of fear—and they go to lehman intuition, that you’ve gotta be better off if you put a bit of cloth in front of your face, and you’ve gotta be better off if you stop visiting people, they just go for that rudimentary, first thing that you can grab at, something that computes in a very simplistic kind of way, and then in the midst of all the fear they become adherents to this new religion. I think they’re sincere a lot of the time, but they’re just not very clever. And so you’ve got multiple commercial, political, accident-of-history, psychological fear-driven drivers of this thing that lead to the maintenance of, essentially a voodoo science

I’m most certainly not an anti-vaxx person, I think vaccines were fantastic inventions that saved millions of lives when it came to diseases like smallpox and polio, but I just look at this thing and say “what? really? what are we doing here?”.

I worry about these suggestions of these sinister coercive practices of requiring vaccine passports and the like. That to me is getting properly Orwellian.

There’s no relation between lockdown stringency and (COVID-19) mortality. As more of the longer-dated lockdown countries fill in… we are almost certainly going to end up showing that lockdowns cause higher coronavirus mortality. The reason is: your endpoint, whether you like it or not, is herd immunity. And what you want to be doing, what your strategy ought to be oriented around doing, is getting to herd immunity whilst infecting the smallest possible number of vulnerable people. And you do that by changing the relative mobility of vulnerable people. You bring down their mobility, without reducing the mobility of the non-vulnerable people. What general lockdowns do is exactly the opposite, because your vulnerable people are less mobile to start with, so when you start putting the brakes on the kids and the young adults, you massively reduce their mobility, and so the relative mobility of the older and more vulnerable people, the at-risk people, actually goes up. That is a very compelling explanation for why you get this very high mortality in countries like Peru, where you’ve had brutal and extended lockdowns, and this very high age-based mortality in countries like South Africa. It’s actually counter-productive.

This is a fight for the existence of civilization. I think we are heading down a very very dangerous road, and people need to see it that way, we really do. we can’t go on furlough and doing nothing and waiting every season for another lockdown… it will cripple economies and lead to starvation and the end of life as we know it. It really is important that people wake up to that reality.

Watch the excellent interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eJuj0rx-48&t=1709s

Blame it on the Virus: Painting Pictures Ep. 83

The Coffee Wagon now but a distant memory, Gabe discusses the 2020 selection circus, the traps that keep us in the never-ending pandemic, and the coming Internet of Things.

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Back on the Coffee Wagon: Painting Pictures Ep. 82

Gabe climbs back aboard the coffee wagon by trying to implement the ICS or Ideal Coffee Schedule. How long will it last? The temptation of coffee, rooftop temper tantrums, and narrowly avoiding rabbit copulation.

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I am aligned with the Left when I defend the COVID-19 strategy in my native Sweden. But here in the United States, when I defend very similar strategies implemented by the Republican governors of South Dakota and Florida, I am perceived as being aligned with the Right. It is a little weird. Among my infectious disease colleagues that favor an age-targeted strategy rather than lockdowns, most are left-wing progressives, while most of my Twitter followers are on the Right.

As a public health scientist, it is my duty to fight for public health independently of partisan politics. I hope that people from across the political divide can come together to end a lockdown that is so damaging to public health, and instead advocate for age-targeted counter measures that properly protect high-risk individuals. After all, we live in this world together, sharing both its beauties and its viruses.

Katherine Yih is a biologist and epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School where she specializes in infectious disease epidemiology, immunization, and post-licensure vaccine safety surveillance. Yih is also a founding member of the New World Agriculture and Ecology Group, a former and current member of Science for the People, and a long-time activist in farm labor and anti-imperialist struggles.

Read the full interview with Professor Yih and Martin Kulldorff here: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2020/09/covid-19-pandemic-economy-us-response-inequality

An Open Letter from Belgian Medical Doctors and Health Professionals

This pretty well sums it all up. An excellent letter detailing why the cure for COVID-19 has become far worse than the problem itself.  Read it below or click over here to read with access to all of the citations.

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We, Belgian doctors and health professionals, wish to express our serious concern about the evolution of the situation in the recent months surrounding the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. We call on politicians to be independently and critically informed in the decision-making process and in the compulsory implementation of corona-measures. We ask for an open debate, where all experts are represented without any form of censorship. After the initial panic surrounding covid-19, the objective facts now show a completely different picture – there is no medical justification for any emergency policy anymore.

The current crisis management has become totally disproportionate and causes more damage than it does any good.

We call for an end to all measures and ask for an immediate restoration of our normal democratic governance and legal structures and of all our civil liberties.

‘A cure must not be worse than the problem’ is a thesis that is more relevant than ever in the current situation. We note, however, that the collateral damage now being caused to the population will have a greater impact in the short and long term on all sections of the population than the number of people now being safeguarded from corona.

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From Craftsbury to Carmichael: Painting Pictures Ep. 81

A solo show featuring an angry COVID-19 rant and some light-hearted commentary from Carmichael, CA, the place where Painting Pictures began in 2014.  Young people, packing up an old house, robbing Sacramentans, and ordering beers in the pandemic are discussed.

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Check out Ivor Cummins’ excellent half-hour breakdown of the COVID-19 pandemic: https://gaberobertsart.com/2020/09/12/the-fat-emperor-breaks-down-covid-19-pandemic-masks-seasonality-lockdowns-and-testing/

Unbelievably good analysis of the COVID-19 pandemic across the world, using now almost 9 months of data:

Thank you Ivor Cummins!

Going Back to Cali sponsored by Plexiglass Panels: Painting Pictures Ep. 80

Brought to you by plexiglass panels, this podcast explores the current misconception around herd immunity and antibodies to SARS-CoV2. Gabe talks about flying to California and then reflects on the experience.

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Thanks to JC on a Bike for breaking this down:

Here’s Bobby Kennedy’s speech:

The first assumption of all these modelers who sold “flatten the curve” to all the politicians… they all believed that the virus was new.  Of course it’s kind of a new virus, but many parts of the virus are not new, it’s a relative, it has other coronaviruses that are relatives.

I had a problem with the flatten the curve, but I went along with it, I must say, to my own shame, because they said “or else the collateral damage that arises is too big, because oh the hospitals will be overrun…” everybody knows this story.  And I went along with this.  But then, all over Europe, the curve came down, and independent of whether there was a harsh lockdown or not.  Whatever a country did, didn’t matter—the curves were coming down.  So that means that all the model calculators, the epidemiologists with their self-made computer programs—that was basically bullshit because there was a basic immunity there.  The virus had not a chance to infect everybody.  The virus very often stumbled over people who were immune.

That is until today the most panic-inducing principle, namely that most media still speak about “today we had so and so many new infections”.  Which is totally not true.  A virus is a particle, it goes to everybody.  So if somebody is immune, the virus also goes into this body, and it will multiply—even a little bit.  But if you’re immune, you attack the virus first with antibodies and you make immediately debris, the virus is destroyed, you have only parts of the virus around in your tissue, or in your blood… you will find this debris, and part of this debris will be RNA.  And if you make a PCR, all these people will be positive, because the PCR picks up sometimes only one tiny little piece of RNA that is then amplified.  And this assay cannot tell you whether you have the virus, or if you just have some dead chunk of the virus which still gives you a positive result.  So corona positive with a PCR—everybody should realize this is not a quantitative assay, it is a qualitative assay.  It tells you only if a tiny little bit of nucleic acid was there, but it doesn’t tell you whether it was the complete virus, or even a virulent virus… this test only tells you that a little piece was there.

No other virus, ever, on this planet has been accompanied by so much testing, and so much testing that has created so much nonsense and panic.

Professor Stadler goes on to say that the de facto immunity before Sars-CoV-2’s arrival, based on T-cell response to other coronaviruses, is probably around 80%.   Listen to the full interview on the Fat Emperor podcast here: https://thefatemperor.com/ep91-emeritus-professor-of-immunology-reveals-crucial-viral-immunity-reality/

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