Bryan Hemming

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I realize I risk offending some regular readers by publishing this article, maybe even the majority, hence the title. Entering the world of discussion on Covid is entering a minefield. However, after more than a year of watching countless news reports, reading countless articles, scanning through social media and listening to the views of friends and family I have reached some conclusions. They cannot be final, as the story goes on, yet I fully understand why some might consider them controversial, I offer no apologies for that.

The news cameras point up to the third floor of a students’ residential building. A young girl stands at a window smiling down. She looks the picture of health. Reporters fire questions at her. She is not allowed to speak to them face to face at ground level. She has tested positive for Covid. Though she demonstrates no symptoms of the disease, she is treated as highly infectious. The reporters ask where she has been recently and if she has been attending any restricted gatherings. She’d been to a party. Something that seemed perfectly normal for a student just over a year ago. Did people wear masks? Did they follow the rules? Another face at another window. A young man this time. The same questions are asked. The same answers. It’s the job of a journalist to ask questions however uncomfortable they may seem at times.

The figures are dropping, hospital beds are emptying, yet nobody seems to want to know why a large percentage of the population appears immune to Covid. The students are asymptomatic. There is no proven case of an asymptomatic infecting another person. You’d think this might be really important, it might help to solve the problem. The asymptomatic cases may hold the answer. Why don’t they develop the full disease? How long might have they been immune? Did they suffer any flulike symptoms over the last two years? However mild. What places have they visited over the last two years? Have they been abroad. Not one journalist seems interested. The task has one sole objective: to label the students as being irresponsible for going out and socialising. For being normal. These days, the primary task of a reporter is to make the abnormal seem normal. To make the normal seem abnormal.

When did it become taboo for journalists to ask questions? When did that become normal? If the students aren’t ill or infectious, why should they be confined? They’re not criminals. Why should they be treated like lepers? They’re not ill. There are questions being asked and there are questions not being asked. There are lot of questions that need answering, yet no one seems to want to know the answers. Our journalists are sticking to the script, the official narrative. Yet sticking to the script could put us all at even greater risk in the longer term. When journalists fear losing their jobs for asking uncomfortable questions they ought to consider why they are in a job, the prime function of which is to ask uncomfortable questions.


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  1. Abbas Anwar
    March 13, 2023

    many unanswered question remain


  2. rangewriter
    May 26, 2021

    There are lots of unanswered questions, that’s for sure. And when questions remain unasked, how can we have confidence in answers to the questions that ARE asked? What if the wrong questions are being asked & answered.

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    • Bryan Hemming
      May 28, 2021

      We have been lied to so much over the years it has become almost impossible to put our trust into government and big business. This is yet another case of government and big business being involved in something where there’s lots of money to be made. A few too many little things are starting to unravel for me.

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      • rangewriter
        May 31, 2021

        Bryan, I think you are in good company…in many places of this beleagured planet.


  3. auntyuta
    May 25, 2021

    It says: How Did a Disease With no Symptoms Take Over the World?

    At the end of this very interesting article it says:

    “The author, who wishes to remain anonymous, is a senior research scientist at a pharmaceutical company.”

    And here another article that explains that any disease requires symptoms first:

    So, “any disease requires symptoms first”! Since this is obvious to every biologist it is unbelievable, that no serious scientist dares to talk about it!

    The following copy I find very interesting too:

    “Given that this is all so blindingly obvious to anyone who has ever been near a biology textbook, the only reasonable conclusion we can draw about the creation of an asymptomatic disease is that it wasn’t done by a biologist but instead by individuals (probably on the Scientific Pandemic Insights Group on Behaviours (SPI-B)) whose agenda is not to convey accurate information to the public but something different: fear and uncertainty.”

    I think, if you do have symptoms, it is very important that you do not spread these symptoms. People with symptoms must isolate themselves to avoid infecting others. If you have flu symptoms, like fever, coughing and sneezing, you too would try to avoid infecting others, wouldn’t you? I would think that people with Covid19 symptoms can spread the virus when they share the air with other people. Can you always trust people, that when they do show symptoms, that they then straightaway isolate themselves?

    It seems to me, that maybe testing should only be done with people who have symptoms. It also seems to me, that people who had been sick with the virus, maybe do not have to be very scared of becoming sick again. So vaccination for them might be something they maybe could or should avoid?

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    • Bryan Hemming
      May 26, 2021

      Thanks for the links, Uta. Both articles are very interesting, particularly the second one. Of course, anyone suffering the symptoms of what they suspect could be a communicable disease should stay at home.

      Angelica and I are convinced we suffered Covid in early January last year. Evidence is growing that it was around as early as September 2019. I started suffering some very light but unusual symptoms – I learned were associated with Covid a month or two later – around January 2nd or 3rd last year. I know because I recorded it in my diary. By January 4th, I began to realise it was a little different from a cold or flu. By Jan 5th I was feverish and took to my bed. It didn’t last very long at all, and I was completely healthy a couple of days later in a way I’ve never experienced before. The same thing happened to Angelica, starting a day or two later than me but with exactly the same outcome. We both remarked how odd it was but – without wanting to trivialise those who suffered the worse symptoms – didn’t associate it with Covid because of all the melodramatic publicity surrounding it. Later we talked to others in the pueblo who had similar experiences: a slight feeling of unwellness followed by a couple of days of fever. We’re convinced it was a mild version of Covid.

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  4. eremophila
    May 25, 2021

    I’m most certainly not offended Bryan! It’s past time for more people to question the narratives. The amount of censorship is massive, across all fields of communication, and yet few are seemingly concerned about it. I guess it’s easier to not bother thinking…..

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    • Bryan Hemming
      May 25, 2021

      Good to hear! Self-censorship is one of the biggest problems, either for personal reasons, or professional reasons. An atmosphere of fear has been created, fear of getting ill, fear of dying and fear of countering the official narrative. The most well-founded fear is fear of countering the official narrative. Doctors and nurses fear losing their jobs for speaking out, as do teachers and lecturers, along with many other workers in the public sector. They aren’t allowed to express their opinions or report on incidents that don’t concur with what theyre being told. People fear losing friends or being ostracised and ignored for voicing their concerns. This is immoral and unconducive to a truly democratic society. Our most basic rights are being taken away from us under the guise of it being for our benefit.

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      • eremophila
        May 26, 2021

        Yes yes yes! I make a point of expressing a different point of view where I feel there’s some receptivity, to get the conversation going. I’m finding more are concerned about the trend, even without fully understanding the depth of the narratives on all humans. Hugo Talks, on W.P. is a good source of information too.

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