This is Extremely Dangerous to Our Democracy

Investigative journalist, NY Times bestselling author and five-time Emmy Award winning television presenter Sheryl Attkisson gave testimony to the Corona Ausschuss recently. The topic of discussion was “astroturfing”.

A term initially coined in the political sphere, astroturfing means the creation of a movement orchestrated by corporate or political interests, designed to appear as though it originates from the people as a grass roots movement. It is a multi billion dollar global industry, employing “smear artists” working for corporate and political interests at high levels.

Powerful astroturf businesses monopolise every mode of communication used by the general public, from online information and late night comedy talk show topics, to non profit fundraiser issues. The goal is to make people feel like outliers with a minority opinion in order to push an agenda. This makes us afraid to speak on topics and marginalises us if we do, in order to push the special interests of those funding the campaigns.

Attkisson discusses in some detail, examples of astroturfing across multiple topics, including the “fake news” slogan, which most people attribute incorrectly as originating from Donald Trump. The real story is quite amusing and not as we have been led to believe!

She focuses on the pharmaceutical industry and how they now influence society. Many smear artists are prior government figures who have moved to private industry, where they can lend their names to give weight to an issue by signing off on comments made, social media posts, letters to editors, etc. They move between liberal and conservative leanings, depending on contracts. She explains how to recognise an astroturf as opposed to an authentically presented news topic, and describes the manipulations that we are all unwittingly exposed to constantly, including but by no means exclusive to, Covid-19 pandemic issues.

Coronavirus has proven to be, maybe, the crown jewel of information manipulation. If those who are trying to keep us from getting certain information, simply succeed in confusing us … these smear artists told me for my book, that’s good enough …

Listening to Attkisson’s testimony, I realised that public health has been astroturfed into oblivion. Established knowledge, from understanding how respiratory viruses interact with human populations and how this influences recommendations, to analysing data and following up on intervention effectiveness and safety, all that we once knew and practiced is now labelled “misinformation” and “anti-vaxx” if it goes against the agenda of fear-and-compliance.

Highly unusual practices with no evidence base are presented as normal recommendations and waste valuable resources. An example is mass testing of healthy people being seen as somehow useful to the cause of public health when it offers nothing other than justification for other junk science ideas such as isolation of healthy people. Anyone experienced in epidemic response recognises the junk science being practiced. Yet it has entered the dimension of a “global groupthink” via relentless and expert astroturfing, so that even the world’s most eminent specialists are demeaned and discounted.

Astroturfing in action, in “This is Extremely Dangerous to Our Democracy“.

Has this pharmacist been astroturfed?

In another recent testimony to the Corona Ausschuss, Catherine Austin-Fitts discussed further, the issue of social credit control being imposed via vaccine passports. She refers to the biggest players pushing their agenda onto the world, as “Mister Global”. She alleges they have committed an enormous financial coup d’etat of public finances (eg where are our superannuations?), and discusses how we might avoid the complete centralised control that is being planned and driven.

Her perspective is shocking and probably unbelievable if you have only been following the astroturfed landscape of mainstream “news”. Austin-Fitts is an investment banker who worked as an Assistant Secretary under George H.W. Bush. She has decades of experience investigating and trying to understand “Mister Global”. Her background is far more credible than that of Bill Gates, for example. She deserves to be heard as a source beyond Gates-funded astroturf. She talks about the threats she has faced from smear artists, as the cost of speaking out.

A recent interview between CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Bill Gates shows his motives. If this was the first time you were hearing him, would he seem credible? We have been hearing about the “philanthropic” works of this man for decades. He claims to have only met Jeffrey Epstein in 2011, yet investigative journalists such as Whitney Webb present evidence to suggest otherwise.

Gates’ understanding of virus-human dynamics is an utter embarrassment (people talking loudly?? Masking, mass testing and isolating healthy people as a control measure??) to anyone with even a very basic background in public health. Why do Cooper and multiple other platforms refer to this direct profiteer who has zero public health qualifications, experience or skill, (despite his own claims), as though he has any expertise?

His advice on the way that viruses interact with human populations and his analysis of the data certainly doesn’t match the analyses from authenitc scientists at PANDA, HART, and the many other credible independent organisations who have evolved in the past two years. Gates’ reaction when Cooper suggests “if you want to get social security you need to be vaccinated” (around 11m30s) is surely disturbing to anyone with social justice values? To me, his demeanour and everything he says is dystopian nonsense.

Gates refers in the Anderson Cooper interview, to an IHME model which predicts catastrophe if enough people don’t get “vaccinated“. This is completely contrary to the advice being spoken by independent specialists with nothing to gain, who take enormous personal risks in speaking out, such as more than 15,000 who have now signed the Rome Declaration.

Gates influence on IHME
Astroturf in action 01
Astroturf in action 02
Advice from an expert: don’t get astroturfed.

Rome Declaration

In mid September an International Alliance of Physicians and Medical Scientists held a Global Covid Summit in Rome, Italy. Frontline physicians from across the globe shared their experiences and research findings, and the Physicians Declaration was announced. Since then 7,800 doctors and scientists have signed the declaration.

The declaration intends to alert the public about the deadly consequences of Covid-19 policy makers’ and medical authorities’ unprecedented behaviour, such as denying access to early treatments, disrupting the physician-patient relationship and suppressing open scientific discussion in order to increase profits and power.

Many summit attendees have experienced career threats, character assassinations, censorship of research and publications, social media accounts blocked, online search results manipulated, clinical trials and patient observations banned, and their professional history and accomplishments minimised in both academic and mainstream media.

Physicians Declaration: Rome, September 2021

We the physicians of the world, united and loyal to the Hippocratic Oath, recognizing the profession of medicine as we know it is at a crossroad, are compelled to declare the following;

WHEREAS, it is our utmost responsibility and duty to uphold and restore the dignity, integrity, art and science of medicine;

WHEREAS, there is an unprecedented assault on our ability to care for our patients;

WHEREAS, public policy makers have chosen to force a “one size fits all” treatment strategy, resulting in needless illness and death, rather than upholding fundamental concepts of the individualized, personalized approach to patient care which is proven to be safe and more effective;

WHEREAS, physicians and other health care providers working on the front lines, utilizing their knowledge of epidemiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology, are often first to identify new, potentially life saving treatments;

WHEREAS, physicians are increasingly being discouraged from engaging in open professional discourse and the exchange of ideas about new and emerging diseases, not only endangering the essence of the medical profession, but more importantly, more tragically, the lives of our patients;

WHEREAS, thousands of physicians are being prevented from providing treatment to their patients, as a result of barriers put up by pharmacies, hospitals, and public health agencies, rendering the vast majority of healthcare providers helpless to protect their patients in the face of disease.  Physicians are now advising their patients to simply go home (allowing the virus to replicate) and return when their disease worsens, resulting in hundreds of thousands of unnecessary patient deaths, due to failure-to-treat;

WHEREAS, this is not medicine. This is not care. These policies may actually constitute crimes against humanity.

NOW THEREFORE, IT IS:

RESOLVED, that the physician-patient relationship must be restored. The very heart of medicine is this relationship, which allows physicians to best understand their patients and their illnesses, to formulate treatments that give the best chance for success, while the patient is an active participant in their care. 

RESOLVED, that the political intrusion into the practice of medicine and the physician/patient relationship must end. Physicians, and all health care providers, must be free to practice the art and science of medicine without fear of retribution, censorship, slander, or disciplinary action, including possible loss of licensure and hospital privileges, loss of insurance contracts and interference from government entities and organizations – which further prevent us from caring for patients in need. More than ever, the right and ability to exchange objective scientific findings, which further our understanding of disease, must be protected.

RESOLVED, that physicians must defend their right to prescribe treatment, observing the tenet FIRST, DO NO HARM. Physicians shall not be restricted from prescribing safe and effective treatments. These restrictions continue to cause unnecessary sickness and death. The rights of patients, after being fully informed about the risks and benefits of each option, must be restored to receive those treatments.

RESOLVED, that we invite physicians of the world and all health care providers to join us in this noble cause as we endeavor to restore trust, integrity and professionalism to the practice of medicine.

RESOLVED, that we invite the scientists of the world, who are skilled in biomedical research and uphold the highest ethical and moral standards, to insist on their ability to conduct and publish objective, empirical research without fear of reprisal upon their careers, reputations and livelihoods.

RESOLVED, that we invite patients, who believe in the importance of the physician-patient relationship and the ability to be active participants in their care, to demand access to science-based medical care.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned has signed this Declaration as of the date first written.