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Everyone is bombarded with Covid this and Covid that and opinions and pressures by the thousands.  If you wish to wallow in the topic (and it is an important, lesson laden topic so long as you 'thinkingly' wallow in it), there are several troubling hot buttons lower on this page.  If you simply want to LIVE and heal and opt out of the self amplifying madness, the Merrill Dunes website is here to present you with numerous pleasant, outdoor activities that are well priced and allow the easy booking of small, private adventures where only those you invite are present - in a huge, healthful, and generally wonderful outdoor setting. There is lots of space and 'foresty' fresh air, and sunlight. We don't dictate that you inhibit your vital breathing process as you run around outdoors. Running, shouts, and laughter are encouraged! Relaxed communication, visible smiles, and joking are regarded as normal! We strongly feel that we offer a significant boost to your immune system, without any form of needle jab!
It is worth noting that the links shown are not fringe source expressions.  They are links to establishment material that most people overlook or ignore the implications of. In panic situations, the obvious is usually lost in the clamour.
The BBC/June 6 screen shot on the left illustrates the inevitable rise of problems associated with the panic lockdown mentality that has swept the world. In comparison, if covid deaths reach 500,000, which is quite possible, it is significant that that figure would still need to be 6 times higher to equal the % hit from the forgotten novel Asian virus of 1957/58. The article above, also from BBC/June 6 had the heading "Far-right Rome protest turns briefly violent", but the main content was a quote from a "protester" who may well mirror thoughts that are occurring all over the world. 38,000 Italians have died despite the drastic lockdown but is that highly dramatized figure over dramatized. How many regular flu and suicide and car crash and cancer deaths occurred during the same time period and how many deaths in the covid figure were 'covid related'. Italy locked down. Sweden didn't. Look at their relative death rates. Did the economic suicide moves do any good at all?  Are there underlying health factors that explain wild variations in death rates in different countries and life style areas besides transmission rate?
There is more to stable health than diet alone, and time and chance happens, but simple cause and effect is Huge by comparison. The pictured article is not kind to high sugar nor processed 'edibles'. We do not live in a roulette wheel system of chaos.  Those who appreciate that fact can sure avoid a lot of surprise shit-kickings!
Above: BBC article screen shot.
On June 9, in BBC's coverage of the latest 'news', the headline, photo, and brief article summary shown to the left appeared.  The click button above will take you to the article that is being referred to.

Anyone casually seeing this information is going to have the covid horror concept further embedded in their mind as well as being influenced to feel that the authorities are doing a great job of protecting the masses with their lockdown edicts.  And they will have the panic mentality further advanced by the dire prediction, that despite the brilliant performance of our guardians to this point, the real nightmare still lies ahead.  Note - "this is only the beginning of the pandemic".
Note, in the article screen shot, that the same group that triggered the UK lockdown issued the "study".  On my GoodSpaces covid blog, I reference an article telling about the key player who triggered the last Foot and Mouth Disease slaughter in the UK and how he also triggered the UK lockdown.

Note how they indicate that Sweden was included in the study but there is no explanation for the obvious clash between the death rate in the UK being higher than in Sweden.  Sweden didn't lock down - UK did lock down.  Minor point that seems to have slipped through a crack.

At the time of the study, likely seasonal flue was still outstripping covid.  Also no explanation of the valuable "cruise ship" studies that were available and which make a mockery of the wild study speculations.  Again, see my GoodSpaces coverage of the public knowledge of the cruise ship "mini-country" revelations.
Notice the admission that spinoff effects were not taken into account. Yet the blather from these "narrow focus" people gets credible "news" coverage.  The term "HUGE death rate" is tossed out in the study.  Really!  What will rate as the biggest "HUGE"? - covid or response side effect deaths?
Are the statements on the left true?  Are they responsible?  Are they supported by real life evidence such as points mentioned above?

Are the men quoted using their "Dr" label as a badge that allows them to talk like children and be treated like adults?

How difficult is it for local politicians and officials to stand up to the worldwide wave of covid cheerleading?  Difficult it seems. The herd is in stampede mode. But surely there are some leaders, besides those in Sweden, who have eyes and minds and backbone!
When you make a decision there are always effects and good decision makers have foresight - bad decision makers go for poorly thought out, knee-jerk moves.  You do not want incompetent leaders in control of your life and wallet.

The covid reaction story is a case study in knee-jerk moves.  It is a bit like the childhood story of the old woman who swallowed the fly, and the bird, and the cat, etc.  One blundered decision necessitates another decision - hopefully better - but there is a strong chance that a mind that blunders once will blunder again!

The knee-jerk CERBs were necessitated by the knee-jerk lockdown, and the list of wild side effects of the lockdown mentality go on and on.

The screen shots to the left were taken from the CBC article about the impact of the 'simple to get instantly' CERBs. Notice in the article how a key social worker begged the government to modify its actions but was ignored.
After months of headlines that infer that anyone who is touched by the coronavirus is at direct risk of a painful death, the article that deals with a common drug that appears to impact the disease in a positive way, has a side point that seems to mesh with observed reality. Points in the article tend to make one ask "Are we talking about the disease that has turned the world on its head?"  And what about all those asymptomatics that are believed to be walking around and why is there so little stress put on 'covid related deaths' vs deaths that are totally covid caused?  And as commented on earlier, why is there such a wild variance in covid impact between population groups if the virus is THE problem vs underlying weaknesses?  I think there is good reason to question whether social distancing has done any long term good with regard to the virus and direct health issues, but it sure has done a number on just about ever other aspect of society, MANY of which are linked to the long term health of the members of society. 
BBC has been a huge member of the worldwide covid cheerleading association but as the novelty of the "new" disease grows stale, the news machine grinds on to other attention grabbers.  Topics that would have been heresy two months ago now pop up with increasing frequency.

This June 17, 2020, Future article illustrates the interconnected complexity and amazing stability of the huge machine we live in and are a part of. I do not see how anyone can look at the points noted and not have a glimmer of suspicion that they have been a victim of a panic attack.

Hit the link button and if you are not aware that Life is not a one trick pony, you will find the article an eye opener - and a slug of information that may make you a bit more thoughtful the next time you are slammed by a herd driven mental tsunami!
Worldwide it has been noted that there have been excess deaths during the covid-response period that cannot be explained by covid.  Further, in many cases there have been fewer deaths than expected in the period after the covid peak. You would think that these facts would make the 'kill the virus / lock down society' advocates do a bit of rethinking.  Yet the drum beat of 'second wave / future pandemics / new normal' keeps pounding out of the media loud speakers.  The following news clips indicate that some thought on the covid topic is occurring. CBC allowed an article giving coverage to a group of experts who appear to have the nerve to state the obvious and despite the Federal minority government having shocked most people with their 342 billion deficit and 1.2 trillion debt load, it seems they still have their fingers tightly on the 'dump buttons' of the public purse. The frightening numbers have attracted some attention but does anyone fully appreciate the size of this spending spree?
Shades of Jair Bolsonaro; Dr. Neil Rau from the University of Toronto states "I actually think Quebec may be the best. Despite having high disease rates, they still moved ahead with a lot of the relaxing of restrictions.  I think that takes a lot of guts."

The world seems to be in a 'major in the minor' thinking mode at the moment with simplistic, knee jerk reactions to complex issues seemingly the accepted way of acting.

When it gets to the point where the masses start to view 'thinking people' as ogres, there is reason to worry.

It is refreshing to see gaps in the clouds with a bit of sunlight peaking through!
How shocked are Canadians when they find the deficit has leaped 50 or 100 billion over a few weeks with the prospect of no end in sight?  Maybe they are numb from all the grandstanding and theatrics of the last few months.

Does the average person connect these wild figures to something called 'covid' or do they connect the economic hurricane to something called 'covid-response'?

When public servants brutalize a nation's treasury, will they be asked to repay the damage out of their own pockets?  Is their sizeable pension at risk?

Which would you rather face up to; covid 19 or the Second World War? Seems to be an unusual distortion in front of our eyes!
What would Holmes think of the covid-response? (Nov. 24 update)
The BBC article was posted around October 7.  Sort of a shocking article in that it is not in line with the standard "covid, covid, ra-ra-ra" style that is world wide.  Notice how the article ends off with the socially cool jabs at the heretics who would dare to question the standard covid line. I find some pleasure in how the article basically says the same thing that my personal rant, starting at the beginning of the covid era, has said. The problem isn't the disease, it is the reaction to the disease that is the serious pathology.  And yet, the covid drum beat goes on and on.
November 24, 2020:  Early in the covid drama, WHO and the media were going wild over cruise ship stories.  Those experiences were generally used as poster events to fan the panic but immediately, a few, really very few, thoughtful analysts recognized these 'mini-nation examples' as being wonderful tests of exactly what was coming down the pipeline.  A bunch of old people packed together with one central air conditioner providing communal air plus a highly communicable disease with remarkable spreading performance! There is a link to a UK Business Daily audio program discussing the matter on the page that can be accessed via the GoodSpaces button at the top of this page. The massive kill rate 'estimates' that were being promoted by WHO and gasped at by media repeaters, were not supported by the cruise ship examples and the world scale reality has been in line with these observations that were made early on.  Media and government excitement continues even yet  Pandemics are not new.  It seems that they are almost always initiated by rather sketchy circumstances - but these happen relatively often.  People die on a regular basis and the number of terminations prior to little lives getting underway rivals the total of those who have had a much longer kick at the cat. Sort of a strange paradox where life is seemingly hated and raved about in the same space!  But death from a Cinderella disease or from boring familiar disease and mishaps and intentional exits and old age all deliver the same result and the number of covid deaths that are claimed for covid and perhaps stolen from old age and all sorts of other big number monsters like cancer and diabetes do not stand out from the regular flow.  Hospital over crowding?  Was that not news long before covid?  In Saskatoon, Merlis Belcher Arena, now outfitted as a hospital, sits empty - on standby. And at what long term cost?

The disruption and suffering and future pain that has been unleashed by the extreme reaction to the covid issue stands in contrast to past pandemics.  I find it highly amusing to listen to the CBC interview of Dr. Peter Middleton by Adrienne Clarkson per 1970 regarding the Hong Kong flu that was storming at that time.  Again, the link is available via the GoodSpaces button.  Current officials and news folk appear to have ADHD compared to the folks doing their 1970 discussion, and life seemed to move on from that 1970 pandemic without social trauma nor crippling debt load. And in past and currently, the level of interest in why some are impacted and others aren't by these communicable diseases and whether underlying factors are a bigger issue than the detonator - these angles seem to remain perpetual non-issues in the excitement over the immediate fire.  There are no shortage of minds who do ponder underlying issues but, as with the cruise ship analysts, the big herd and the accepted leaders of the mob show no interest.  The 'crisis' simply passes and nothing is learned with regard to underlying issues and needed reforms. Usually the vaccination card is credited with solving the crisis - time and time again.

I will plug my 'Sherlock' material.  Button at top of page.  I am of the 'underlying issues' school and further, I feel that the physical virus mechanism is a remarkable analogy of an even bigger 'mental virus' issue.  I feel that the covid experience is a marvellous educational event that should stimulate minds and lean on them to see viral infections and especially pandemics as being valuable warning lights on the dashboard of your Life Vehicle that scream out the need to attend to some important issues that have been ignored! A wild aspect of our world is how there can be such a gulf between, 'in your face common sense' and intelligence.  ("Fred! - it appears that the oil level is low, one tire is flat, the engine is overheating, and we are about to run out of fuel!"  "Don't worry Martha, we are travelling at 120 km per hour, aren't we?  Ignore those silly dash lights, quit being a backseat driver, and pass me another drink to calm my nerves.")
Every decision and move that occurs has costs. There are moments where that reality seems to be forgotten or badly twisted. Experience and hindsight come next. A surprise? Sad if the predictable and highly negative outcome was an elementary issue from the start!
It is amazing to me how main stream articles can appear over such a prolonged time period with statements and a general approach that seem to clash so badly with observable historic and current reality.  The two 'Melbourne' articles with links above illustrate the point.  The 'crushed' article can be seen as a tragic tale of someone cutting off their legs due to 'fear' of getting toe cancer, and seemingly being proud of the decisive action that obviously 'solved' the worry.  The missing legs? Oh well - a price had to be paid, admittedly a VERY high price.  Really!  In a moment let's look at how important the 'worry' was and whether losing your legs is going to prevent 'worry' about getting finger cancer next.

The 'marathon lockdown' article with its coverage of 'protective custody' indicates that Melbourne has been a glowing example to the world.  Raina McIntyre, a biosecurity professor told the BBC that the Australian response has been "light years" ahead of the US and UK. "We can't manage to contain the disease unless we change the way we live until we can have enough vaccines that are effective enough for everyone.  We can't just go into denial and wish our lives were back to normal.  It's a once in-a-lifetime natural disaster of catastrophic proportions."  Again - Really?

How often have you heard these drumbeats?  It has been a constant drum roll since March of this year!  As of 2020, the 'Old World' is no longer viable at looking after itself despite a rather long history of 'being here'.  Human civilization is doomed without the medical genius of vaccine technicians.  And this nightmare is the BIGGEST horror that we have ever seen!  So ignore the cost of escape - spend, destroy, squander - do whatever is necessary to escape this 'end of the world' tsunami!

My observation is that the major problem is the viral mindset that has swept the world.  Two issues are involved. First is that the virus is primarily a trigger that reveals past blunders.  Thinking you can starve the virus amounts to using all your resources to stop the natural tide. Secondly, the actual impact is being played up so as to create a panic that is doing far more damage than the virus is going to do if left to its natural course.

Observe the almost total lack of interest in even the possibility of there being underlying causes that allow the virus to be effective and to spread and to do real damage.  Notice the ballistic excitement over 'infections' even if the victims are hardly affected.  Look at the death stats vs other diseases and social problems and vs previous 'pandemics' that came and went.  Notice the wailing and speculation on long term impacts of the 'new' disease that are purely speculation about a super complex world 'Life' system that the speculators do not come close to fully understanding.

Consider;  The 1956-57 Asian flu is claimed to have killed 1.1 million people which was 383 deaths per million, worldwide.  Covid currently stands at 186.3.  Sweden, which with its minimal lockdown and mask policy has lower deaths per million than the UK, France, Spain, and Italy.  Many countries are far lower including areas that you would expect would have higher death rates such as Africa.  Humans and human life styles vary greatly and humans are not some generic product.  Ignore the underlying factor issue and the major variations in the impact of the disease becomes a hint that experts are not quite up on the game.

With regard to Raina McIntyre's focused excitement level, Australia as of Nov 28, 2020 has a 'covid' death rate of 35 per million. Is that an indication of a type of success or an indication of panic insanity? Has the virus given up - no further lockdowns?  Will the rushed vaccines be implication free and be the vaccines to end all pandemics and other deaths?  Will the economic meltdown trigger other death storms?  The UK stands at 846/million as of the same date. Even that figure is less than 1 person out of 1000 and it is well known that most of the deaths are those who are close to the end of their life already due to previous health issues or old age or often both.

In 2020 it is interesting to note that more than 37 people died for each covid death.  Also, if you count up all life terminations in 2020, 42% of terminations occurred by choice and prior to the little lives even getting underway. Wow!  And there is concern about a minor viral pandemic adding slightly to the death count?

The overall observation is that a 'novel panic', for some reason, has gripped the world and very foolish, short term decisions have been made and continue to be made.  It seems leaders and the media are so agitated that too few are looking around and questioning the insanity.  But there seems to be energy available to rail on rebels like the Brazilian leader who managed to contract the killer disease yet push on at leading his nation to 'destruction'!
January 31, 2021 - - It is obscene how 'health officials' with the immediate backing of elected governmental public servants hammer on the virtue of lockdowns, masks, social distancing, hand sanitizing and the approach of the cavalry with their vaccine needles, but never use any of their air time to advance basic health measures.  It is obvious that the 'solutions' that these people are exclusively focused on have staggering side effects that obviously will kill far more people than they have a hope of saving. And the populace of the world visibly flags their vote of confidence for these measures by their masked visages.  Yet when you talk to individuals, it is clear that there is a high level of amazement and distrust, in the medical, governmental, and media rhetoric, including the drum beat of 'vaccination is safe, just trust us'.  The mask vote is one of personalities pressured into conformity, in so many cases against their will and common sense.

I constantly see glaring statements that any virus is a warning light of underlying errors - why do you never see a photo like the one below being pointed out by medical gurus?
Here is a scene from a Saskatoon gas bar taken at the end of January 2021.  It is nothing out of the ordinary.  You could get a similar shot many places.  High sugar / refined / fat laden 'food' and candy right beside covid reactive products.  The presence of the products in a prominent location tells you that they are both big sellers.  What perfect marketing compatibility!  Put crap in your engine and then buy duct tape to cover the dash board indicator lights that tell you there is a issue to attend to.  How can health authorities not react to such 'under your nose' hints?  So, ignore the warning lights, and get ready for obesity, diabetes,and cancer etc.  Once you develop those underlying health issues, get ready for the next viral test, which is, based on the long past, sure to come.

Below is a health related innovation that is a clear winner, but, never mentioned as having any covid connection.  And most people realize that the establishment leap to acknowledging the validity of something as simple as a household flour grinder and organic wheat - so easy to come by and utilize - is HUGE.  Any establishment medical type who would even mention that such an approach might be a good idea could well be black listed. Yet, ranting in favour of enforced reactive policies that cut the connective soul out of society makes one appear, in the short term at least, as a messiah of virtue.

It is an idealistic dream that it is possible to drastically and quickly reshape society to value basic health principles but the dramatic success the medical and governmental system has had at getting the world into masks shows that leadership, be it out of respect or fear mongering or expending huge sums of public wealth, can really have an impact.  So instead of squandering that influence on reactive and debilitating social choke holds, why not put AT LEAST SOME effort into advancing life style changes that would address basic causes and avoid future problems?  The masses seem to be relatively easy to sway.  And that puts great responsibility on those who have found themselves in positions of leadership and influence.  How will a view from the future rate the performance of our current leaders?
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Randy Hillier is an Ontario Independent MLA. Here are two interviews of Mr. Hillier. In the first interview, he is given a chance to express his views.  In the second interview, the radio host obviously feels the need to upstage his guest and is very effective at playing the part of the larger society that both men exist in - if you don't agree with the party line you deserve to be belittled and shamed.  Note Mr. Hillier's notice of the Diamond Princess example mentioned on the Merrill Dunes and Good Spaces pages. Note also how he holds his own against the caustic radio host in interview #2.

Anyone should be able to note the unusual situation where men like Randy Hillier are villainized, not due to faulted logic but simply due to their disagreeing with an outlook that is currently popular.

I think it is obvious, even if Mr. Hillier is squelched, that his basic message is sound and there will be an eventual widespread regret that his wisdom wasn't heeded.


The Diamond Princess discussion was posted on March 23, 2021. Listen to it soon as the BBC only promises to retain the material for a year.  Mr. Hillier mentions the lessons learned from the DP in interview #1.  The example was there close to a year ago.  Why was it ignored?  I commented on the material just after it was posted.  It was not hidden data.